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45 PU teachers above age of 60 will continue to get salaries

Panjab University (PU) teachers who are above 60 and approached the Punjab and Haryana high court for extension in retirement age will have re-employed status, but only for purpose of salaries. There are 45 such teachers.

punjab Updated: Nov 10, 2016 17:45 IST
HT Correspondent
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Panjab University (PU) teachers who are above 60 and approached the Punjab and Haryana high court for extension in retirement age will have re-employed status, but only for purpose of salaries. There are 45 such teachers.

After the high court order dated October 26 for releasing their salaries, PU allowed them salaries meant for re-employed teachers from August 16.

“They would have reemployed status only for purpose of salaries. They would continue to have rest of the benefits. There will not be any break in service and they could retain accommodation,” said Col GS Chadha (retd), PU registrar.

On August 16, a single judge bench of the high court had dismissed petitions of 45 professors seeking enhancement of retirement age of faculty from 60 to 65 years. The court had also directed the university to retire these teachers with immediate effect and gave liberty to recover the salary paid during extended tenures. After this the teachers appealed before a division bench. On August 22, the division bench headed by justice Surya Kant ordered for re-employing the affected professors. The order said, “…We direct the university to allow the appellants and other similarly placed teachers who were continuing in service till a day before the pronouncement of judgment of learned single judge to continue in service on re-employment basis till they attain the age of 65 years, without prejudice to their right to monetary claims in the event of acceptance of these appeals.”

“We further direct that the appellants or other similarly-placed teachers shall be allowed to retain the residential accommodation(s) allotted to them by the university on the same terms and conditions.”

After this, the varsity had brought an order on September 6 that they were being allowed to remain in service, which implied for full salaries and allowances. Sources informed that the auditor then raised a red flag and did not pass the salary bill as teachers were not re-employed.

PU auditor had then asked PU to take legal opinion. In between, the court hearing came on October 26 and it was directed to implement August 22 order which called for re-employment.