The state government of Maharashtra has increased the retirement age of college teachers to 62 years and for principals it has been increased from 60 to 65 years. The decision was taken as per the guidelines by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
“The retirement age of teachers in Higher and Technical education has been increased from 58 to 62 years and for the Principals, the age limit would be 65 from the current 60 years,” informed Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan.
While answering queries on whether the decision would hamper the prospects of young candidates Chavan said the decision will not affect the youth because after thorough scrutiny teachers will be allowed to resume their duties after 60 years.
“The decision has been taken considering a vacuum of eligible professors in colleges. But there would be strict norms like PhD, physical fitness for teachers to continue after 60 years,” the minister added.
Clarifying the issue further, Higher and Technical Education minister Rajesh Tope said faculty’s performance will assessed before giving them the retirement age benefit.
“There is an urgent need for government to fill up vacant posts else colleges cannot be given approval and hence the increase in retirement age. The work assessment, educational qualification and the confidential report of the professors and the principals would be considered before giving them extension,” Tope said.
Recently, Jharkhand also increased the retirement age of university teachers from 62 to 65 years on the lines of a resolution adopted by the University Grants Commission (UGC).[Source: Financial Express]