JAMMU: In a significant decision, State Administrative Council (SAC) headed by Governor Satya Pal Malik, is all set to increase the age of retirement for faculty of 96 Government colleges in Jammu and Kashmir, from 60 to 62 years on Tuesday.
According to the highly placed authoritative sources, the long pending demand of the teaching staff of around a hundred government colleges would be conceded most likely in the SAC meeting on January 29. In case this item doesn’t come up for consideration due to any reason on January 29, it could be approved in the following SAC meeting, most likely after Prime Minister’s visit, on February 4.
Sources revealed to STATE TIMES that the University Grants Commission (UGC) had some years back recommended retirement age of all faculty members at college and university level as 65 years. Currently it is 62 years at University level and 60 years, like all other State government employees, at the college level and below.
Sources said that the faculty of 96 government colleges in Jammu and Kashmir would get the benefit, even as the UGC recommendation is being implemented partially raising the retirement age from 60 to 62 years and bringing the college faculty at par with the University faculty. It would be implemented with effect from January 1, 2019. Teachers of the rank of Assistant Professor and above would get benefit of this enhancement of the retirement age.
While as in some States, the retirement age of teaching staff is 65 years, it is 62 in some States and 60 in some other States like Jammu and Kashmir.
Meanwhile, in a remarkable boost to higher education in Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his day-long tour on February 3, would be laying foundation stone of New Model College at Singhpora, Handwara, New Model College at Villgam, Baramulla and New Model College at Padder, Kishtwar, digitally from Srinagar and Jammu.
Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to inaugurate Phase-1 of GCET Safapora, Ganderbal, Institute of Engineering and Technology Kathua besides Entrepreneurship and Career hub under the component “Quality and Excellence in Select State Universities of the University of Jammu.