CAT directs uniform retirement age for UGC scientists
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 19:24
New Delhi: In a decision that will bring cheer to research scientists in state universities, the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) has directed the UGC to fix their retirement age at 65 years - on par with their counterparts in Central universities.

Presently, there is lot of disillusionment and heartburn among the scientists in State universities as the superannuation age is fixed differently between 58 and 60 years, unlike for those in Central varsities who retire at 65.

"The policy decision of the University Grants Commission where applicants' request for treating their age of retirement at par with central universities being turned down cannot be countenanced in law," the Tribunal bench, comprising Members Veena Chhotray and Shanker Raju, said in a judgement.

The Tribunal rapped the UGC for its discriminatory policy which, according to it, was violative of Article 14 (equality provision) of the Constitution.

"A hostile discrimination only on the ground of being placed at a particular university has also no reasonable nexus with the object sought to be achieved," it said.

The Tribunal passed the order on a bunch of petitions of UGC research scientists and two other applicants seeking parity in the age of retirement with their counterparts in Central universities.


First Published: Thursday, March 04, 2010, 19:24

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