PU re-employment age limit increased to 65 yrs

Teachers at Panjab University (PU) can now work at the premier institute till they are 65 years old as the PU Senate, after a marathon meeting on Saturday, gave its nod for the enhancement of the re-employment age limit of teachers from 63 to 65 years.

With the retirement age at PU being 60 years, the earlier re-employment scheme, after superannuation, was of three years. The extension from three to five years for re-employment, however, will be subject to certain conditions.

PU vice-chancellor Prof Arun Kumar Grover said that before a teacher is provided an additional three years after retirement, the varsity will review the individual's work over the last five years once the concerned teacher completes 58 years in age. The concerned teachers will also be asked to put forth their plan for the next five years.

After the three year extension, another two years will only be granted on the basis of an annual report, prepared by the university, and on basis of an appraisal of the work done. Though the House accepted the vice-chancellor's proposal, the Senators also made it clear that enhancement of re-employment age should not hamper recruitment.

"We want this university to excel under the guidance of experienced people, but simultaneously the vacant posts should be filled," senior senator G K Chatrath said.

Two senators, Ashok Goyal and Keshav Malhotra, however, said that they felt that increasing the re-employment age would aid unemployment.

Debunking their views, the House approved the issue. As per rules, a teacher can avail the facility of re-employment in two manners. One he/she can directly write to the V-C or the academic or administrative committee of the concerned teacher's department writes to the authority seeking his/her re-employment.

On the other hand, Deepak Kaushik, a representative of the Panjab University (non-teaching) Employee's Federation, said the scheme should also be implemented for non-teaching staff. Considering his submission, Prof Grover promised to constitute a committee to look into the issue, and if possible, the age in case of non-teaching employees will also be increased.

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