Hyderabad: The state government may raise the retirement age for regular teachers working at state universities. As a result, he initiated the process of determining the increase in the retirement age to be granted to teachers.
The current retirement age for state university teachers is 60. The government is exploring various options, including raising the retirement age from one year to 61, which will make it comparable to that of state government employees. Another option before the government is to increase the retirement age by three years and five years.
At present, 942 teachers hold various positions in 11 universities, which fall under the Department of Education. If the retirement age is raised by one year, this will benefit the 34 oldest teachers. Likewise, if it is increased by three years and five years, a total of 62 and 141 teachers will benefit respectively.
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According to the rules of the University Grants Commission (UGC), the retirement age for university teachers is 65 and it is followed in higher and technical institutions funded by the central government of the country. In fact, state university teachers’ unions have urged the state government to raise the retirement age in accordance with UGC rules.
“We want the government to raise the retirement age to 65. Raising the retirement age will help universities retain more senior professors and help conduct research, ”said Osmania University Teachers Association President Prof. B Manohar.
According to sources from the Department of Higher Education, the government could take a decision on raising the retirement age of university professors at the next Council of Ministers to be held soon. Previously, the government raised the retirement age for employees and teachers from 58 to 61 which came into effect on March 30, 2021.
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