University Teachers Urge the Govt To Increase Their Retirement Age
The university teachers wanted the government to increase their retirement age from 60 years to 65 years
Following enhancement of the retirement age of the State government employees from 58 years to 61 years, the teaching staff members of some universities have urged the State government to increase their retirement age.
They said as per the UGC – University Grants Commission rules, the retirement age of the university teachers was 65 years and the Central universities are following the same. Many State universities in the country have the retirement age as 62 years or 65 years.
Teachers stated that by enhancing the superannuation age of them, will help the universities retain the senior most professors.
Osmania University Teachers Association president Prof B Manohar said, “In view of shortage of teachers, a committee had earlier recommended the government to enhance the age of superannuation of teachers working in the State universities and colleges to 65 years. As there are several vacancies in the universities, enhancing retirement age of the teachers from 60 to 65 years will help the universities retain the senior most faculty members, and thereby mitigates the shortage of teaching staff.”
On Tuesday, the members of FUTATS – Federation of University Teachers Associations of Telangana State met the Education Minister P Sabitha Indra Reddy and Special Chief Secretary Chitra Ramchandran and submitted a representation to increase the retirement age. They also reqested the State government to issue health cards and release of 7th PRC arrears besides appointment of regular vice-chancellor to all State universities.
FUTATS chairman Dr R Mallikarjuna Reddy said that “We want the government to increase the retirement age of the university teachers from 60 to 65 years as per the UGC rules. We also want to recruitment 1,061 teachers permitted by the Telangana State government immediately. The Minister has positively responded to our issues.”