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No Retirement Age: UniFiji Pro-Chancellor

There is a process to follow in dealing with any changes to the issue of retirement age and the council will at an opportune time deal with the matter by applying due processes. It is to be noted that the authority to decide and approve policies, is vested in the council and none other.
29 Feb 2020 13:47
No Retirement Age: UniFiji Pro-Chancellor
Kamlesh Arya.

The Pro-Chancellor/chair of the University of Fiji Council, Kamlesh Arya, says the council is disturbed with the media hype on the issue of retirement age at UniFiji.

He said in a statement: “The UniFiji Council states categorically that there is, at the present, no specified age for retirement at the university.

“The council states further that the senior staff mentioned in the media statements can be rest assured that nothing of this sort is coming into effect any time in the immediate future yet.

“The council respects and appreciates the contributions of these senior staff, who are above the age of 65 years, have made to the university thus far.

“There is a process to follow in dealing with any changes to the issue of retirement age and the council will at an opportune time deal with the matter by applying due processes.

“It is to be noted that the authority to decide and approve policies, is vested in the council and none other.”

A senior academic who had expressed distress about the proposed retirement age policy at the university said those who could have been affected were relieved and grateful for the Pro-Chancellor’s reassurance and appreciation for their work.

“We are giving the best years of our lives to our disciplines and to be told that we may be marched out just because of our age and irrespective of our performance was hurtful,” said a senior academic.

The Laureate Brigade said its members were going to celebrate by holding an evening of intellectual discussion with songs, bhajans, shayaris, and literary reading to acknowledge the special humane character of the University of Fiji.

They had not expected their voices to be heard, but the council had shown them true leadership in the Fijian context.

A senior staff member said: “The ethical values of the Arya Prathindhi Sabha as owners of the university were revealed by the statement of the Chair of Council, Pundit Kamlesh Arya, and we thank him for it.”

Edited by Caroline Ratucadra

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