West Bengal Assembly Wednesday passed a bill to raise the retirement age of vice-chancellors of state-aided universities from 65 years to 70. The West Bengal University Laws (Amendment) Bill was passed to enable the vice-chancellors to serve the institutes for a longer period.
Earlier in January, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during a public meeting had announced that the government would raise the age of retirement of the vice-chancellors.
Many vice-chancellors above 65 years can be very active and contribute towards the development of universities, an official of the state education department said.
He said, as the assembly was not in session, the state government had earlier promulgated the West Bengal University laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2019 for the purpose as some vice-chancellors were going to retire on March 31, 2019.
Since 2011-2012, the West Bengal Assembly has passed as many as 18 bills to set up universities in almost all the districts of the state.
Currently, there are at least 30 state-aided universities in the state.
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