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Retirement age of college teachers: hearing on writ petition adjourned

Special Correspondent

Kochi: The High Court on Wednesday adjourned to next week the hearing on a writ petition seeking a directive to the State government and the Mahatma Gandhi University to enact a law regarding the retirement age of aided college teachers.

The hearing was adjourned by Justice T.R. Ramachandran Nair.

The petition was filed by Tharsis Joseph and two other associate professors. According to them, their service conditions were governed by the Mahatma Gandhi University laws. In fact, the university law did not specifically prescribe the retirement age of private affiliated college teachers.

The statutes only stated that the conditions of service of teachers of private colleges, including the age of retirement, would be governed by the laws to be framed by the university.

The petitioners pointed out that the compulsory retirement as provided in the Kerala Service Rules was not applicable to teachers of private colleges.

They said that the university had enhanced the retirement age of teachers of government medical colleges from 55 to 60 on the ground that they were highly qualified and experienced

.The petitioners were also highly experienced. They, therefore, deserved equal treatment.

Though the statutes did not mention the retirement age of private college teachers, the retirement age of university teachers had been fixed at 60.

Therefore, the university could not ask the petitioners to retire on their attaining the age of 55, they argued.

The policy of the government on the retirement age of private college teachers were arbitrary and unreasonable. Besides, there were no statutes specifying the retirement age of private college teachers. The UGC had recommended that the State government adopt the Central government schemes for enhanced pay scale and retirement age.

The petitioners sought a directive to the university to fix the retirement age of the private college teachers.

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