Retirement age hike to be challenged by Karnataka govt; young faculty irked

Create: 06/24/2011 - 15:41

Karnataka government has decided to file a writ petition challenging High Court’s order to increase the retirement age of lecturers from 62 to 65 years. The HC has ordered to increase the retirement age of lecturers and professors who are appointed on UGC scales.

Higher education minister V S Acharya said the government will move the division bench with a writ petition challenging the single bench's directive.  The minister has said that all the government employees retirement age is fixed (60 years) in the state and it cannot be changed for a particular profession.

"Since lecturers and professors are also state government employees, their retirement age cannot be increased in isolation,'' said Acharya.

Meanwhile, the decision has irked young lecturers as they now have to wait for five years to get into higher salary bracket.

Moreover, there has been voices protesting against the older lot of teachers who don’t even have the requisite qualifications as per the UGC norms. According to young faculty, 80% of the teachers who have been brought under the UGC scales in 1992 and 1998 have no qualification except a Master’s degree, while the UGC stipulations demand that they should have passed the National Eligibility Test (NET), State-Level Eligibility Test (SLET) or should possess a PhD. But only 20% of the 436 teachers have passed the SLET or NET and only a few are PhDs.

Sources in the Federation of University College Teachers’ Associations Karnataka (FUCTAK) said, “The UGC-stipulated standards of teaching profession can be assured only through the NET. It is tough to pass the qualifying exams and only those teachers who have passed the exams are fit to teach degree students. But the older teachers clinging on to the profession with a knowledge base of 30 years have become a stumbling block in the way of the new generation of teachers.”

A teacher who has passed the NET said, “I am drawing a salary at least 50% lesser than a teacher who is not qualified. There are hundreds like me who are feeling frustrated despite being qualified as per the UGC guidelines.”

The universities and government colleges were scrupulously UGC norm but, in aided colleges, old teachers are prefixing ‘professor’ to their names freely without having the required qualifications.

“Under the present condition, the ideal age for superannuation is 62 in universities and 60 in government and aided colleges. But the state government has made it 62 in some colleges and 65 in some others. The government cannot implement the UGC regulations on a piece-meal basis,” said general secretary TM Manjunath of Karnataka State Government College Teachers’ Association (KSGCTA).

[Source: Times of India, DNA]


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is welcome that Karnataka government has decided to challenge the high court order on raising the retirement age to 65, quoting UGC norms. According to the latest UGC norms majority of the older 'PROFESSORS" are not eligible to continue in teaching as they are not PhDs. What is the logic in applying UGC norms and benefits to unqualified professors who are dead weight on the system? All these unqualified people should be immediately retired and in their place young people with PhD or NET qualified should be appointed. These older ones are well experienced in "campus politics" and not in academic pursuits. In spite several opportunities given these people did not qualify for a PhD all these years. It is ridiculous to retain these people for further 5 years denying the opportunities to the younger ones with PhD or NET qualifications. We must remind ourselves of the biblical dictum "old order changeth yielding place to new". Karl Marx has said that "Change is Unchangeable". This is dynamic nature of social development from which universities cannot escape.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

Though late but a right step even from only one state of the country. For the benefit of the youngsters we must raise our voice. The retirement age in teaching profession (in all categories) through out the country must be implemented uniformly in 60 or 62 years. The GOI must pass an ordinance to make it a compulsory rule with immediate effect. Then, I think, GOI has atleast done a novel job for its educated youths.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

The decision of Karnataka State Government not to increase the retirement age of Univ/college teachers is welcomed by every human being. By increasing the retirement age we will generate unemployment in the country. The younger should be given chance to serve the nation. At the age of 65 the person is physiologically unfit, his/her working capacity is reduced. Impact of AGING on work should be considered.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

It is wrong to generalize old as 'dead wood' and the young one as "qualified and competent" We have had and have old but competent presidents, prime ministers, ministers, vice chancellors and scientists. In academics there have been/are both incompetent and competent teachers irrespective of their age (young/old). Competence should be judged by performance. Our country needs competent teachers/researchers old or young. The criteria therefore to enhance the retirement age or otherwise should be only on the basis of merit. Continuance in service should be based on objective impartial evaluation after every five years. Let us not politicize the issue.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on

I agree with the views of young scholars, old teachers have developed inertia with the attitude of "come day, go day, wait for the pay-day". I believe, the retirement age should be uniform all over India for all the professions i.e. 60 Years. A person may be re-employed after superannuation through prescribed procedure, if need be.

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