Retirement age rise for medical faculty in offing

Govt Likely To Decide By Next Month

ARVIND SHARMA

Jammu, Jan 1: To overcome the extreme shortage of faculty members in Medical Education Department, the Jammu and Kashmir Government is expected to take final decision on the proposal to enhance retirement age of medical teachers from 58 to 60 years by February.
Official sources said that following the Government nod to reduce the qualifying experience criteria for medicos in medical education department, it was seriously considering the proposal to enhance the retirement age of medical faculty by two years.
“Government was initially contemplating to enhance the retirement age of the faculty members from 58 years to 65 years but it had all the potential of inviting more trouble instead of providing a viable solution to the problem”, sources, preferring not to be named, said.
They added, “After studying all pros and cons it was suggested that if the retirement age is fixed at 65 years, more and more departments would also start claiming the same which could further fuel resentment among the unemployed.”
“It has now been decided that the retirement age be enhanced by two years at the initial stage and a final proposal is expected to be put before the state Cabinet within two months for final decision”, sources claimed.
Commissioner Secretary, Health, Manoj Dwivedi, on being contacted, admitted that the proposal was at the final stage. “We are studying several aspects of the issue. Working systems of other states are also being actively studied and the proposal in this regard will most likely be placed before the Cabinet within two months”, he said.
It may be mentioned that the number of medical faculty members is almost half of actual requirement in different medical colleges in the state. The government as a step to overcome this problem recently minimized the qualifying service of the faculty members for promotion.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 1 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 2 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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