With about 1,400 positions of principals lying vacant in government and private colleges, the state decided to increase the retirement ages of principals from 58 to 62. Similarly, ages of professors and readers will be increased from 60 to 65.
“The University Grants Commission and the AICTE [All India Council of Technical Education] had requested that the superannuation age of principals be 65 years.
The cabinet has decided that the cap will be 62 years,” chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Wednesday. The guidelines have been fixed by the UGC in 2009 and the state governments have been asked to implement them. The UGC had said if the government did not increase the retirement age, they would have to recruit teachers from other states to fill the vacancies. Hence, the UGC suggested that the state increase the retirement ages of principals and teachers instead.
“The increase in retirement age of principals will help us fill up vacant posts. However, they will have to fulfill conditions of health and education before being considered for the post,” Chavan said.