The Telangana Government Doctors' Association (TGDA) held a state wide protest in Telangana opposing the state government’s move to increase the retirement age of medical faculty from the existing 58 years to 65 years.
Earlier last week, the state government had taken a decision during a cabinet meeting to enhance the retirement age of Professors, Associate Professors and Assistant professors from the existing 58 years to 65 years to overcome the acute shortage of experienced medical faculty in government, aided and autonomous medical colleges across the state.
Though the JUDA had been expressing its resentment over the government’s decision of increasing retirement age right from the beginning, the government after taking into consideration the acute shortage of experienced teaching faculty and lack of availability of adequate number of professors, Associate professors and Assistant professors, it has taken a decision to increase the retirement age of the existing faculty and use their services for some more years until all the newly set up colleges recruit adequate number of teaching faculty. “With large number of experienced professors about to retire by end of December, there will be a huge shortage of teaching faculty in government medical colleges. Moreover, as it is a lengthy and time taking process to recruit new faculty, this will impact on the quality of medical education. So the government has taken a decision to retain the existing faculty by enhancing their retirement age from 58 years to 65 year,” informed Senior officials at Director of Medical Education, Telangana.
Aggrieved over the state government’s decision, JUDA has raised its revolt and held a state wide protest and demanded the government to immediately roll back its decision as it will impact adversely on promotions and career growth of the junior doctors. They had also threatened the government to go on indefinite hunger strike from June 2, 2018, if the government did not withdraw its decision.
Doctors are of the view that extending retirement age for professors meant putting brakes on promotions from Assistant professors to Associate professor and Associate professor to Professor for the next seven years, thus depriving career growth of the eligible faculty. “For the benefit of just 250 Professors, nearly 3000 doctors would suffer which is not fair,” said the agitating doctors, owing allegiance to TGDA (Telangana Government Doctor’s Association).
The doctor’s fraternity also took objections to a false hype created for some time that retirement of professors would lead to de-recognition of MBBS and PG seats in the state. “They are creating a false propaganda that retirement of Professors will impact on the MBBS and PG seats. There are adequately enough faculty with sufficient expertise, eligibility and waiting for promotion to overcome the de-recognition problem,” observed Dr. D. Ramesh, President of TGDA, Gandhi Hospital unit.