A Parliamentary committee has expressed reservation on the government’s decision to increase the retirement age of teachers from 62 to 65 years of age.
The move, the committee on HRD, said would deprive a large number of qualified unemployed youth waiting for a suitable job. "It would also discourage our bright young people to come to higher education," the committee observed, in its report tabled on Friday.
The Union Cabinet on March had given approval to a proposal of HRD Ministry to increase retirement age of teachers in centrally funded educational institutions from 62 to 65 years of age, with a proviso of reemployment after 65 years till attainment of 70 years.
The committee also sought from the government subject wise data on qualified talent available in the country while expressing concern over large number of teaching posts remaining vacant in educational institutions.
Contending that the progress made for filling the vacancies in central universities was "highly disappointing" the committee emphasised the need for dealing with this crucial issue in a more serious and planned manner. The problem has become more grave in wake of the government’s decision to increase the intake of students by 54 per cent to implement 27 per cent OBC quota.
Another parliamentary committee took a serious view on the killing of Asiatic lions in Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and sought a reply from the Environment and Forest ministry on steps been taken to protect the highly threatened species. Government had admitted of killing of eight lions in Gir and 18 persons have been arrested in this connection.
The committee has also not favoured the government’s move to relocate people from Tiger Reserves stating that isolated habitats for tigers can be an easy target for poachers.