New Delhi, March 20: For passion age is just a number, as retired teachers will be allowed to teach students even after the age of 65 years. Now teachers can also be re-employed on contract appointment beyond the age of 65 years and upto 70 years, said Human Resource Development (HRD) Minister Prakash Javadekar in Lok Sabha on Monday.
Replying to questions in the Lok Sabha HRD Minister said, teachers can be re-employed on contract appointment beyond the age of sixty five years upto the age of seventy, subject to availability of vacant positions and fitness. He said in order to meet the situation arising out of shortage of teachers in universities; the age of superannuation for teachers in central educational institutions has already been enhanced to 65 years.
He said, filling up of vacancies in central universities is an ongoing and continuous process. Vacancies in higher education institutions are a serious problem. Around 20 per cent posts in central universities are currently vacant.
Students were not keen to take up teaching jobs, resulting in shortage of faculty members in higher education institutions. The onus of filling up of posts lies in the central universities which are autonomous bodies created under the respective Acts of the Parliament, he said.
There are 41 central universities under the purview of the HRD Ministry. Meanwhile, Knowledge comes from the experienced and elderly people are very good in preaching their own experiences and sharing knowledge to younger ones.