Mumbai: Maharashtra Government on Wednesday raised
the retirement age for college teachers to 62 years in
accordance with the guidelines by University Grants Commission
(UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
"The retirement age of teachers in Higher and Technical
education has been increased from 58 to 62 years and for the
Principals, the age limit would be 65 from the current 60
years," Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after
the cabinet meeting.
The decision was taken considering the grant of Rs
1,600 crore from UGC to be given to the state. It would also
help in filling up 18,000 vacancy of professors and 1,700 of
the Principals in various colleges, Chavan said.
On a query that the increasing the age limit would reduce
the scope for young candidates seeking for jobs, Chavan said
its no so.
"The decision has been taken considering a vaccum of
eligible professors in colleges. But there would be strict
norms like PhD, physical fitness for teachers to continue
after 60 years," Chavan said.
Clarifying the issue further, Higher and Technical
Education Minister Rajesh Tope said all faculty members may
not avail the retirement age benefit. "There is an urgent need
for government to fill up vacant posts else colleges cannot be
given approval and hence the increase in retirement age."
"The work assessment, educational qualification and the
confidential report of the professors and the Principals would
be considered before giving them extension," Tope said.