With the Punjab and Haryana high court not giving any relief and fixing July 2 as the next date of hearing on a petition by Punjabi University professors seeking re-employment till the age of 65, these teachers will now retire on June 30 after having turned 60.
The petitioners had sought a stay on the scrapping of the re-employment scheme, a decision the university had taken with effect from April 1, 2017, claiming that it was not a unanimous decision of the varsity syndicate.
The university has claimed that the decision to scrap re-employment was taken on directions from the Punjab government that funds it. It added that it had adopted a state government letter that said, “The University will not re-employ any teaching or non-teaching employee/professors who have already retired on last pay drawn principle against government guidelines and will replace them with new recruitments at a lower salary after following procedure. This shall be made effective from April 1, 2017.”
Incidentally, non-teaching employees had been opposing re-employment and had even approached the HC to cancel re-employment of teachers and non-teaching staff.
During the hearing, Punjabi University reiterated that it had scrapped the re-employment scheme, and after that two batches of teachers had retired in June and December 2017.
Ravi Kumar of Hindi department; Sansar Singh of Political Science; Dean, colleges, Kulbir Singh Dhillon of History; Satbir Kaur of Human Genetics; Navjot Kaur Kasel of Music; Gurnaib Singh of Punjabi Literary Studies; Rabinder Powar of English; and Jasvir Kaur and Baljit Kaur Sekhon of Development of Punjabi Language, will now retire on June 30.
Meanwhile, the ad hoc committee of non-teaching employees has hailed the University’s reply in court. It added that there was no need for re-employment and that the University should hire new teachers as the Punjab government had advised.