The Jharkhand High Court has 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). The decision has brought to the teachers who retired recently.
Justice R R Prasad passed the order on a writ petition filed by retired university teachers Ichha Purak, Neena Narendra Kaur, Radha Kumari Sahu and 26 others.
The petitioners had claimed that the state government was not following the UGC resolution enforced from June 30, 2010, according to which the retirement age of teachers was increased from 62 to 65 years.
The counsels for the teachers argued that the UGC resolution was like a central act and according to constitutional provisions if differences arose between a state act and a central one, the later would prevail.
Appearing for the state, advocate-general Anil Kumar Sinha said the state had the right to decide the retirement age of university teachers according to the state university act and till date the retirement age of university teachers was 62 years.
After hearing the arguments, the high court asked the state to increased the retirement age of the teachers from 62 to 65 years with effect from June 30, 2010.
[Source: Times of India]