Staff Reporter

TIRUPATI: The academic community is buoyed over the latest directive from the Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD) to the States asking them to fall in line and implement all the UGC norms in toto, including the age of superannuation of 65 years for teachers working in varsities and colleges receiving grant in-aid.

The Ministry has flashed a letter to the education secretaries of the various States directing them to follow the Ministry's scheme of 6th Pay Commission UGC pay revision as a ‘composite package' and not just those that are convenient to them, which is indicative of its determination to ensure uniformity in academic standards across the country.

Besides, the MHRD fiat has also set the implementation as a pre-condition for the release of the central assistance of 80 p.c. of the additional requirement of the States.

Composite package

The composite package includes pay scales, qualifications, recruitment procedures, workload, regular academic audit and the superannuation age.

In a pre-emptive bulldozing of all possible future interpretations, the directive has clearly indicated that the concerned universities and colleges “will have to make appropriate changes in their statutes, ordinances, rules and regulations to incorporate the provisions of this scheme”.

The teaching fraternity is especially happy over the pegging of the superannuation age.

Welcoming the directive, Sri Padmavathi Mahila Viswa Vidyalayam (SPMVV) Vice-Chancellor G.Sarojamma said that the move was necessitated by the increase in academic activity as well as the non-availability of trained teaching faculty, thanks to the general disinterest prevalent last decade among students, who saw Information Technology as a ‘greener' profession compared to teaching. She also felt that it would arrest the trend of retired-yet-agile professors joining private colleges soon after retirement.

V. Chandramouliswara Rao, a professor of public administration at SV University and convener of AP University and College Teachers for Superannuation Age of 65 years (APUCTSA-65) said the order vindicated their stand on the need for parity in the service conditions of teachers.

“While Karnataka raised the superannuation age to 62 years, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Maharashtra and Delhi have adopted 65 years on a par with central varsities.

The ministry has cracked the whip seeking to set right these avoidable variations”, he reasons.