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HC directive to education dept

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, Feb 25 - The Gauhati High Court, through a recent order, directed the State Government (Higher Education Department) to consider extension of the age of superannuation of college teachers up to 65 years.

While disposing a writ petition by Assam College Teachers� Association (ACTA), the High Court referred to the case of Dr R Halesh and others versus the State of Karnataka and others (decided on June 22, 2011), and directed the Higher Education Department to �examine the case of the petitioners in the light of the aforesaid (judgement of the Karnataka case) scheme.�

The scheme of revision of pay of teachers and equivalent cadres in universities and colleges, following the revision of Central Government employees on the recommendations of the Sixth Central Pay Commission contained in the letter dated December 31, 2008 of the Deputy Secretary to the Government of India in the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education addressed to the Secretary, UGC, New Delhi, among others, recommended enhancement of the age from 62 years to 65 years.

It also stated that the scheme may be extended to colleges and higher educational institutions coming under the purview of the State legislatures.

�On careful reading of the clause referred to earlier, it becomes clear that implementation of the scheme is left to the State Government,� the court observed.

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