Srinagar, July 3: The Jammu and Kashmir Government has announced enhancement in the retirement age for University Professors, from 62 to 65 years.
The decision has been taken by the Administrative Council of J&K, under the Chairmanship of J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha. However, there will not be automatic extension for all professors, and a committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of the Chief Secretary, J&K, through Government Order No. 183-JK (HE) of 2023 to examine each case individually and determine the eligibility for age enhancement on a case-by-case basis.
According to the Government order, the performance of University Professors will be thoroughly reviewed and evaluated based on several parameters before they reach the age of 62. The committee will consider the overall performance of the Professor, including their physical and mental health and suitability for teaching and research assignments at the university.
Further, the order stated, the committee will assess the Professors’ general conduct and behavior, taking into account integrity and conduct standards as per the Civil Service Regulations of the J&K Government. The evaluation will also consider the Professors’ teaching contribution, which will be assessed based on student feedback and the adoption of new pedagogical approaches.
As per the order, the Committee will additionally evaluate the academic contribution of Professors, considering factors such as the number of publications, books, chapters in books, seminars, conferences, and workshops attended, the development of new syllabi and courses, patents, and consultancy assignments, as well as awards and fellowships received.
The order further stated that research contributions will also be assessed, taking into account the number of research publications in reputed journals, the number of enrolled and awarded PhD candidates, as well as research projects and fellowships undertaken by the Professors.
Finally, the order stated, the committee will evaluate the Professors’ contribution to the institution, including their participation in University Committees and their overall contribution towards the betterment of the institution.