Hyderabad: The State Legislative Assembly on Thursday carried out an amendment to Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Superannuation) Act enhancing the retirement age from 58 to 65 years for faculty members working in government medical colleges and government dental colleges, including semi-autonomous and autonomous medical colleges.
Introducing a Bill to this effect, Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said they have taken the decision to increase the retirement age of faculty members of medical and dental colleges after observing that several other States were implementing the same. He also said the main reason behind increasing the retirement age limit of government medical professionals was to meet the shortage of teaching faculty in the government-run medical colleges He said the decision was motivated by the fact that the recruitment of medical college teachers would take a lot of time that would eventually affect the academics of the medical students.
The Chief Minister said the Medical Council of India had already made it clear that the teaching faculty could work up to attaining the age of 70 years. He said they had brought about an ordinance increasing the age limit to meet the demand in view of the establishment of four new medical colleges in the government sector. The CM urged the House to approve the bill unanimously.
“Increasing the retirement age for the professors, associate professors or assistant professors, will not have any impact on recruitments as there was a huge demand for the medical faculty members. We will fill the vacant posts on a priority basis,” he assured and said the government was compelled to increase the retirement age due to a severe shortage of faculty members in various medical colleges. He also said the students were being forced to opt for medical colleges outside the State seeking quality education as the existing medical colleges in the State does not have sufficient faculty members leading to the closure of some medical colleges.
The State Legislative Council is also scheduled to meet on July 19 to endorse the Bill.