Indore: In what could be good news for teachers of self-finance courses at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya, Supreme Court has dismissed a special leave petition (SLP) filed by university challenging Indore bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court’s orders in the case pertaining to retired Professor RK Vyas.
A faculty member with International Institute of Professional Studies RK Vyas had sought pension after his retirement in 2016 but was denied on the ground that he was appointed under self-finance scheme and therefore he was not a permanent employee of DAVV.
He had filed a petition challenging DAVV’s move in Indore bench of MP High Court, which ruled in his favour stating that the university cannot discriminate between teachers of its teaching departments. The university challenged verdict in division bench of High Court. The court was informed that Vyas had joined university as a lecturer in department of management in 1987.
When reader’s post was advertised in 1997 for IIPS, he applied for it and was selected. He completed his probation period and retired in 2016 after working for several years in university. The university denied him pension. “The Self Finance Courses Regulations 1993, nowhere provides that employees of institutes, which are under the self finance (scheme) are not entitled for pension.
Vyas was a teacher in department of university and, therefore, the court rightly directed the appellant to process the claim for grant of pension and directed to release pension and all consequential benefits,” the division bench had observed while dismissing DAVV’s petition. Challenging this verdict, the DAVV had filed SLP in apex court, which was also dismissed. “In the peculiar facts of this case, we are not inclined to interfere with impugned orders,” Supreme Court observed.