Hearing a bunch of petitions, for the past 18 months, filed by teachers of the Punjab University and its affiliated colleges seeking enhancement of retirement age from 60 to 65 years, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday reserved its judgment for orders.
Arguments of all parties in the case concluded on Wednesday before the vacation bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had earlier put a stay on the retirement of all petitioner teachers at the age of 60 years till the pendency of the case.
Appearing for the Punjab University, senior advocate Anupam Gupta had been arguing that since the varsity is provided with 92 per cent of its required funds by the central government, it is a centrally funded university and its professors should retire at the age of 65 years.
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However, the Centre as well as the Punjab government had been taking a stand that the Panjab University cannot be treated as centrally funded universities like IIMs, which are provided with 100 per cent grant by the Centre. Both the governments had already cleared their stand to the high court that they are not in favour of enhancing the retirement age of Panjab University teachers from 60 to 65 years.
The court was hearing a bunch of petitions filed by Panjab University professors and its affiliated colleges including, Amar Nath Gill and Bhura Singh Ghuman. The petitioners had submitted that as per statutory UGC regulations issued on June 26, 2010, the age of superannuation in central universities and other institutions maintained and/or funded by the UGC shall be strictly in accordance with the decision of the central government. The petitioners had also informed that Panjab University had failed to implement the Centre’s composite scheme of 2008 enhancing the retirement age from 60 to 65 years despite it being funded by the central government to the extent of 92 per cent.