In this post we’ll read about the Punjab and Haryana High Court, significant judgment in which they held that retirement age for faculty of institutes governed under norms of All India Institute of Technical Education (AICTE) will be 65 years and not 58 as fixed by Chandigarh administration.

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Background Facts

  1. A set of faculty members of these two colleges had moved Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) challenging the 1992 rules. However, in 2020, the CAT had dismissed their plea.
  2. Their argument was that their institutes are governed under AICTE Act, 1987, and rules with regard to regulations on pay scales, service conditions etc. would apply as followed by all AICTE governed institutes.

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Court’s Decision

The bench headed by Justices AG Masih and AK Verma.

The Court set aside the 1992 rules adopted by Chandigarh administration according to which retirement age of faculty of institutes such as Government College of Arts and Government College of Architecture, Chandigarh, was fixed at 58 years. The high court held that retirement age of such faculty will be 65 years with an extension period of five years as applicable in central government institutes.

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