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Monday, Sep 23, 2019

Back dated retirement of principals: Chancellor seeks report from Bihar VCs

A letter from Brajesh Mehrotra, principal secretary to the chancellor, asked VCs to college principals who attained the age of 62 years between 2012 and 2017, continued to hold the post even after that.

patna Updated: Sep 27, 2017 18:37 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Raj Bhawan at Patna.
Raj Bhawan at Patna. (HT file photo)

Stung by the continuance in office of several principals beyond the specified age of superannuation, as per the provisions of the Bihar state universities’ (amendment) act, 2012 and PU (amendment) act, 2012, the Patna Raj Bhawan has sought clarification from all the vice chancellors concerned.

“The universities are directed to clarify how those principals who attained the age of 62 years in the intervening period of the 2012 and 2017 varsities amendment acts (i.e. December 27, 2012 and May 15, 2017) continued to hold the post of principals,” said a letter from Brajesh Mehrotra, principal secretary to the chancellor.

The Raj Bhawan reaction came in response to reports suggesting many college principals in various universities of Bihar were shown as retired from service from back dates after a new act governing the universities was notified.

These principals were shown as retired from the date on which they had attained the age of 62 and should have retired on that date to comply which the provisions of the 2012 acts under which principals were not treated as teachers, whose retirement age is 65 years.

But they had continued serve as principals beyond that date, in some cases up to three years.

In the Raj Bhawan letter it has been categorically mentioned that as per the amendment acts of 2012, the principals were put in the non-teaching category and could not be treated as teachers. The retirement age of teachers was increased to 65 years in 2010, while that of non-teaching staff stood at 62.

The chancellor had clearly ruled that in the light of the 2012 acts, the principals who attained the age of 62 between the 2012 and 2017 amendments must be compulsorily retired. “Their continuance beyond 62 years cannot be treated as valid,” the letter has stated.

The principals have been brought under the teachers’ fold through 2017 amendments, which was to be effective from prospective effect from May 15, 2017.

The Raj Bhawan move is significant, as the issue has serious financial ramifications. “The chancellor is upset as to how the principals were made to continue despite attaining their retirement age as per the 2012 acts. Once the replies from the VCs are received, further action will be taken,” said an official.

The chancellor has also asked the VCs to seek clarifications from the principals concerned as to why they did not inform their respective universities regarding their date of retirement.The VCs have been directed to respond with their reports within a fortnight.

An affected principal said he would send whatever information the VC concerned would seek. “There have been instances when a principal was retired by the governing body, but following a show cause notice from the VC, the order had to be quashed.

“Besides, in Magadh University alone, nearly 10 principals have retired after attaining the age of 65 years since 2012, while in BBA Bihar University, one principal went on to become VC after retiring at 65 , he added.

First Published: Sep 27, 2017 18:37 IST