The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) have cancelled their earlier decision of raising university teachers’ retirement age limit from 65 to 67 despite protests of the teachers’ union in the university.
A press release from the university said the university teachers’ retirement age limit was decided to be 65 in a special senate meeting under JU Vice Chancellor Prof Farzana Islam in chair. The decision is to be effective from May 3 of last year, the press release added.
Sources said that on May 3 last year, the incumbent senate body had decided to raise teachers’ retirement age limit from 65 to 67 following the demand of a section of teachers just after JU VC Prof Farzana Islam took charge but the decision was later rejected by the government. Later on June 27, most of the senate members challenged the decision of increasing retirement age limit in the 34th Annual Senate Meeting for which the authorities suspended their decision.
Yesterday’s senate meeting was scheduled to begin at 4pm but was delayed by an hour as members of JU Teachers Association (JUTA) had kept the administrative office locked from 2pm following their early declaration of protesting the authorities’ new decision (of not raising the retirement age limit).
However, the protesting teachers withdrew the blockade after the JUTA leaders were assured by the VC that university authority would arrange a respectable farewell with financial benefits to the working teachers who were already above 65.
Meanwhile, media and journalists were not allowed at yesterday’s senate meeting although the university reporters had been traditionally invited by the authorities earlier. The university journalists expressed anger toward JU authorities over the incident, sources said.
JU VC Prof Farzana Islam and university Registrar Abu Bakr Siddique both were unavailable for their comments over phone despite several attempts.