Jammu Tawi, April 21
With the malafide intention to prolong his stay along with his few favourites in the University of Jammu, Vice Chancellor (VC) Professor R D Sharma has proposed agenda items for the ensuing university council meet to increase the retirement age from 62 to 65 at a time when the state is reeling under acute unemployment with youth desperately hankering after employment. In a press statement issued here, Dr Vikas Sharma, president of National Secular Forum (NSF) appealed the Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Governor N N Vohra for not the enhancement of superannuation age of state university faculty from 62 to 65 years.
Dr Vikas said that the people of state in general and youth in particular have been facing several problems due to poverty, unemployment, corruption and mis-governance. “The major problem which is encountered by the youth is unemployment forcing the youth towards depression. Under these circumstances the enhancement in retirement age is irrelevant and injustice to the thousands of unemployed youth who feel themselves a burden in the society”, he said. He further said that in developed countries the government employees were demanding reduction in retirement age, but it India especially in Jammu and Kashmir bizarrely the university employees had been demanding enhancement in retirement age.
Dr. Vikas Sharma, lambasted the Vice Chancellor of Jammu University for aggrandizing his personal interests pertaining to his service career and that of his few stooges presently working in the administration around him. He said that university authority has proposed agenda items No. 80.38 and 80.40 at the instance of Prof Ramji Dass Sharma to raise the retirement age from 62 to 65 for Professors, Registrar and posts equal to Register, thus raising questions on the credibility of university administration running autocratic system at the cost of thousands educated unemployed youth.