Centre for retirement of medical teachers at 65

“I will write to all chief ministers requesting them to increase the retirement age of  teaching staff in medical colleges to 65 years,” Union Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad told Deccan Herald here on Thursday.

Even though the Centre plans to expand the medical education base in a big way, shortage of faculty both in private and government medical colleges has turned out to be one of the crippling factors.

The problem is more critical in the government medical institutions because of the difference in norms in Central and state government-run institutions.

While in Central institutions like National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Bangalore,  teaching staff retire at 65, medical colleges run by states follow individual state norms.

For instance, medical teachers retire at 55 years in Kerala and at 60 in Karnataka like any other state government officials.

Facilitate higher pay

In most of the states, the retirement age is 58, as a result of which, after the retirement, professors can move to private medical colleges that would offer higher pay packages. This is also possible as the MCI has fixed 65 years as the retirement age for the teaching staff at private medical colleges.

“If the states do it (increase the retirement age), there will not be any dearth of any faculty at any level,” Azad said.

States generally cite demands from other departments as the reason for not increasing the retirement limit for medical teachers. “We (the Central government) also faced similar demands but did not give in,” said the health minister.

Besides this, Azad favours implementing Central promotional schemes in medical institutions through which one can be a full professor in 10 years as against the previous norms of 15 years and can get promotions in every three years rather than four years.

Medical teachers are in demand as the Centre plans to increase the number of MBBS and MD seats in a big way over the next couple years, both in private and public sectors.

The Centre will provide  Rs 1,350 crore to government medical colleges to upgrade their facilities for more student intake and encourage the corporate sector to set up their own medical colleges.

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