The syndicate of the Rajasthan University on Tuesday decided to release pension arrears of some 72 professors, implementing an order of the Rajasthan high court issued earlier this year.
The syndicate in its meeting decided not to appeal against the high court’s January 22 order in the Supreme Court, said vice chancellor JP Singhal.
The implementation of the order will cost the university exchequer Rs 10 crore.
Earlier, on November 9, the court had pulled up the university for non-compliance of its order and told the varsity to comply with the same by December 7 and inform the court about the steps taken.
Out of roughly 80 professors whose jobs were made permanent in 2008, 72 were not getting any of the retirement benefits such as pensions, gratuity and medical benefits, said Ashok Kumar Yadav, who along with some other aggrieved teachers moved the court in December 2014.
The court in January had ruled that the teachers were entitled to the retirement benefits and dismissed the university’s pleas about financial crunches.
The court also observed that the university decision was discriminatory as similarly-placed employees were being given the benefit of pension and even gratuity.
“The decision to not give us pension was totally arbitrary. When eight teachers were being given the benefits, on what grounds were we being denied?” said Yadav, who taught chemistry at the university.
“When you become a dependent, even your family’s outlook towards you changes,” rued AK Phophalia, who retired in November 2014 after a 40-year association with the university.
Another teacher Madan Lal Sharma, also a heart patient, said that he exhausted all his savings in his treatment and was now in debt.
Sharma, a Sanskrit teacher who retired from the university in February 2015 after a service of 28 years, further said that contribution to his medical fund was being regularly deducted from his salary for years.
The vice chancellor said the process to release the pension of aggrieved teachers already started and the amounts would be disbursed at the earliest.
He also said that teachers retiring now onwards would also be extended the benefits.
BD Rawat, one of the affected teachers, appreciated that the university finally respected the court order. No RU teacher would have to run from pillar to post for their pensions in future, he said.
The vice chancellor said the university would ask the state government to “consider the pension amounts” as salary of the retiring teachers in future.
Two legislators, who are part of the syndicate, assured their full cooperation to the university in this respect, the VC added.