In nine universities of Tamil Nadu, the retirement age of
vice-chancellors has been increased from 65 years to 70. The amendment has been
made through the Tamil Nadu Universities Laws (Amendments) Ordinance 2010. The
decision has evoked mixed reactions from academic fraternity in the state.
Many say universities are likely to benefit from the age and
experience of seasoned academics. “Many academics who are over 65 are
still healthy and mentally sound. There is no reason why universities should
not gain from their experience,” said former Anna University
vice-chancellor and Planning Commission member E Balaguruswamy.
The government’s move has ensured that the retirement age of
vice-chancellors of Bharathiar University, Bharathidasan University, Mother
Teresa Women’s University, Alagappa University, Manonmaniam Sundaranar
University, Periyar University, Tamil Nadu Open University, Thiruvalluvar
University and Tamil Nadu Teachers Education University is now on a par with
central universities. There is no age limit for retirement for vice-chancellors
of the University of Madras and Madurai Kamaraj University.
However, many feel that all precautions should be taken that
people who do not perform or have questionable credentials should not be
allowed to continue in the top post. “Great care should be taken while
choosing the right candidate, otherwise age is immaterial and will only be an
undoing,” Balaguruswamy said.
Former University of Madras vice-chancellor S P Thiagarajan
said, “The search committee that shortlists the list of candidates
applying for the post of vice-chancellor is as important as the regulations for
appointment of vice-chancellor itself.” So far, no attempt has been made
to draw up guidelines to nominate members of a vice-chancellor search
[Source: Times of India]