The Medical Education and Drugs Department of Maharashtra has increased the retirement age of teachers in all 14 government medical colleges and three dental colleges from 62 to 63 years, and in the four government ayurvedic colleges to 70 years.
The decision is applicable from the date of the Government Resolution (GR) dated July 28, 2014.
Medical education secretary Manisha Mahiskar, however, clarified that the decision to increase superannuation age of administrative posts like deans and directors has not been taken yet.
She said that as per the medical education ministry’s five-point agenda, the process of filling up posts of lecturers (assistant professors) has been completely withdrawn from the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC). These will be filled through the DPC or departmental promotion committee.
“We are trying to fill all posts by December 2014. But until such time that all vacant posts in all cadre are filled, we are retaining the existing staff. This is the requirement of the hour, as a lot of teachers are retiring from July 2014 to July 2015, and the posts can’t be kept vacant as per norms,” Mahiskar said.
The new GR reads that the retirement age of lecturers, associate professors and professors in medical, dental, ayurvedic colleges has been increased by one year from 62 to 63. However, it will not apply to other posts like physical instructor etc. For them, the retirement age continues to be 58. However, the GR will also apply to teachers who are either MSc or PhD and teaching subjects like anatomy, physiology, microbiology and biochemistry, reported ToI.