Hyderabad: The State Legislative Assembly on Thursday passed an amendment to the Telangana Public Employment (Regulation of Age of Super-Annuation) Act enhancing the retirement age from 58 to 65 years for faculty members working in government medical and dental colleges.
Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao assured that the decision would not have any impact on recruitments as well as promotions of existing faculty members. Of the 2,803 sanctioned posts in government medical and dental colleges, including semi-autonomous and autonomous colleges in Telangana, about 1,424 posts were filled and another 1,379, including 801 assistant professor posts, were vacant.
Introducing the Amendment Bill in the Assembly, the Chief Minister explained that the government was compelled to increase the retirement age due to severe shortage of faculty members in various medical colleges. He said students were being forced to opt for medical colleges outside the State, seeking quality education as the colleges in the State did not have adequate faculty members. This also led to some colleges shutting down.
“Increasing the retirement age of professors, associate professors or assistant professors will ensure availability of qualified faculty. The Medical Council of India approved that faculty members up to 70 years old can teach. We assure that it will not have any impact on recruitments or promotions as there is a huge demand for medical faculty members. We will fill the vacant posts on a priority basis,” Chandrashekhar Rao said.
Following a request from AIMIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi, the Chief Minister directed Health Minister Etela Rajender to convene a meeting of private medical colleges to resolve their issues. He promised to intervene personally, if the need arises, to help the colleges continue with their operations without any obstacles.