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LG all set to increase retirement age of teachers in University of Kashmir

Last Updated on February 18, 2021 at 2:34 pm

The University of Kashmir teaching staff is expected to receive a bonanza as the Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha has almost came to a conclusion to increase retirement age of the teachers at the varsity.

Sources told that increase of retirement age of the teaching faculty was one of the agenda points of 81st Kashmir University Council meet. This meeting was held on February 11 at Raj Bhavan, Jammu. Manoj Sinha, who is the Chancellor of University of Kashmir, chaired the meeting. There were many other agendas too with the main agenda being enhancement of retirement age of professors.

Sources said that the Chancellor has almost approved the proposal of enhancement of retirement age of the teaching staff of the University of Kashmir and the new retirement age will be 65 years which will be increased from 62 years. However, the retirement age of government employees is 60 years, but this rule doesn’t apply to the teaching faculty at the University of Kashmir.

Sources told Early Times that however, the meeting didn’t discuss the demand of enhancing the age of non-teaching employees and officers of the varsity from 60 years to 62 years.

Sources said that three decades back, the retirement age of the government employees was 55 years while the same for the university employees was 58 years. Later, the government increased the retirement age of its employees from 55 years to 58 years while university officers and employees’ retirement age got increased from 58 to 60 years.

Sources said that in 2014, Omar Abdullah, (then chief minister) and pro-chancellor of University of Kashmir, increased the retirement age of state employees from 58 years to 60 years and proposed to increase the retirement age of university employees from 60 years to 62 years. The proposal was to be placed before University Council, but at the last moment, Ex-Registrar made modifications to the proposal.

Sources said that the former Registrar changed to university teachers in place of university employees and hence only retirement age of teachers and not of all the university employees’ got increased from 60 to 62 years.