Maharashtra Government today raised the retirement age for college teachers to 62 years in accordance with the guidelines by University Grants Commission (UGC) and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE).
"The retirement age of teachers in Higher and Technical education has been increased from 58 to 62 years and for the Principals, the age limit would be 65 from the current 60 years," Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
The decision was taken considering the UGC grant of Rs 1,600 crore to be given to the state. It would also help in filling up 18,000 vacancy of professors and 1,700 of principals in various colleges, Chavan said.
On a query that the increasing the age limit would reduce the scope for young candidates seeking for jobs, Chavan said it would not affect the youths.
"The decision has been taken considering a vacuum of eligible professors in colleges. But there would be strict norms like PhD, physical fitness for teachers to continue after 60 years," Chavan said.
Clarifying the issue further, Higher and Technical Education minister Rajesh Tope said all faculty members may not avail the retirement age benefit.
"There is an urgent need for government to fill up vacant posts else colleges cannot be given approval and hence the increase in retirement age."
"The work assessment, educational qualification and the confidential report of the professors and the principals would be considered before giving them extension," Tope said.