In a move to deal with the faculty shortage at Panjab University, the authorities have decided to grant a two-year extension to the teachers getting reemployed. As of now, a faculty member could be reemployed for a period of three years after superannuation. However, now a teacher will be allowed to serve till 65 years of age.
The extension, however, comes with a rider - that of the performance of such faculty members being assessed before being granted extension. The syndicate, in its meeting held earlier this month, had approved this decision of extending services of re-employed faculty members by another two years. Vice-chancellor Prof Arun Grover, who presided over the meeting, had made this point that the extension should be allowed only after assessing the performance of such faculty members.
The syndicate decided that a committee would be set up by the V-C to chalk out the parameters on which faculty members eligible for extension in reemployment years would be assessed. Insiders said that while assessing these faculty members, the assessment made by students of the concerned department would also be kept in mind and given due credit.
It was decided in the meeting that the extension would be recommended on the basis of a positive assessment being received for the said teacher.
The system of reemployment was started by the former V-C Prof RC Sobti and since then, it has become an integral part of PU functioning. One of the fellows, Ashok Goyal said: "Reemployment has helped PU retain talent. It also helps curb the issue of faculty shortage to a large extent. Besides, till the new faculty is hired, this system is of great help and the students are not being made to suffer in absence of proper faculty."