Recruitment of college teachers: Kerala govt mulls raising age limit to 50 years

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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala government has been deliberating to increase the age limit for candidates seeking appointment as teachers in colleges to 50 years.

At present age cap in government and aided colleges is 40 years (General category). There are exemptions for backward communities and the age limits are 43 and 45 years for OBC and SC-ST candidates respectively.

Earlier, Higher Education Department had recommended to the government that there should not be an age cap. However, as Public Service Commission has set the age limit to 50 years, there is a legal obstacle in pursuing Education Department’s recommendation. This in turn has made the government follow the same age limit, that is 50 years.

However, to raise the age limit the service rules need to be tweaked and a policy-level intervention is required.

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