Jammu Tawi, April 16
For the sake of prolonging his stay along with his few favourites in the University of Jammu, Professor R D Sharma, Vice Chancellor, 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.
Addressing the press-conference here today, 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 Sharma appealed to the Governor, who is also Chancellor of Jammu University to personally intervene and turn down the illogical agenda items No. 80.38 and 80.40 likely to be placed before the coming University Council meeting so that the interests of educated unemployed youth are served better to eradicate rampant unemployment in the state.
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.
When retirement age of Registrar in the Central University Jammu is 62 years, then what is the logic and justification of enhancing age from existing 62 years to 65 here in university of Jammu , Dr Vikas questioned Jammu University authority, adding that retirement age from 60 years to 62 was lately increased in the year 2014 and now after lapse of just nearly two and half years what is the compulsion of Prof R. D. Sharma to rush through and propose agenda items for further enhancement in retirement age.
Among those who were present in the press-conference included Papinder Singh, Manmohan Singh and Varun Dogra.