Awaiting approval from New Delhi to raise retirement age: PU tells court
Panjab University (PU) management has told the high court that enhancement of the retirement age of its faculty members is subject to amendment in the university's regulations that, it added, could be done only at the central government-level.chandigarh Updated: Jan 31, 2015 10:15 IST
Panjab University (PU) management has told the high court that enhancement of the retirement age of its faculty members is subject to amendment in the university's regulations that, it added, could be done only at the central government-level.
It said the PU had already sent a proposal to enhance the retirement age from 60 years to 65, with necessary amendments in the rules, to the human resource development (HRD) ministry in April last year, but was still awaiting approval.
It said until the amendments are approved in New Delhi, the PU cannot enhance the retirement age of its faculty members.
Two professors - Amarnath Gill and Bhura Singh Ghuman - had last year moved court challenging the decision of their retirement at the age of 60. They had contended that PU had amended its regulation leading to enhancement of the retirement age to 65 years.
The high court had subsequently put a stay on the professors' retirement.
Panjab University, an interstate body corporate as declared under Section 72(3) of the Panjab Reorganisation Act, 1966, is neither a central university nor a centrally funded institution. It is not even a central educational institution as defined in the Central Educational Institutions Act, 2006.
The PU told the court that although it has adopted the university grants commission (UGC) regulations, which include enhancement of the retirement age to 65 years, yet UGC rules did not apply to the university "ipso facto" (by that very act) and that PU regulations need to be amended first.
"Since Panjab University is not a central education institution, instructions…regarding extending the age of retirement of faculty from 60 to 65 years cannot be ipso facto applied to PU since these instructions were meant only for the central education institutions. For following provisions of the central educational institutions act, it would necessitate and amendment in the act," the PU management told the court while quoting a letter of the HRD ministry.