Bhopal: Even as the politicians are speaking out loud about the welfare of SC/ST and OBC, there is no seat for them in Indira Gandhi National Tribal University, Amarkantak and Atal Bihari Vajpayee University, Bhopal, which have advertised 70 posts of faculty. The only tribal university in the country, it advertised 14 posts of professors, 29 posts of associate professors and nine posts of assistant professors on April 8.
Similarly, out of 18 posts advertised by Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hindi University for professors, associate professors and assistant professors, there is no reservation for SC, ST and OBC. The Hindi University advertised these posts on April 3. Had the tribal university followed the earlier system of reservation, it should have kept at least 20 posts for the SC/ST/OBC category and the Hindi University would have left maximum 7 seats for the reserved categories.
Both the universities released the advertisements in accordance with the new roaster policy issued by the UGC on March 5, but the new policy provides minimal reservation in university jobs.The new roaster policy takes into account the number of departments /subjects as one unit.
Sources in the higher education department told Free Press that earlier the roasters were followed considering the university as a unit. In fact, the new roaster system came into existence after the Allahabad High Court had struck down the circular prescribing the institutions/universities as one unit to fill in positions in April last year.
While the Allahabad HC was hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment in Banaras Hindu University, it held that reservation in teaching posts has to be applied department-wise by treating the department as a “unit” and not the university. The court asked the UGC not to apply reservation in a “blanket manner” and advised the regulator to revisit its implementation.
“If the University is taken as a ‘Unit’ for every level of teaching and applying the roster, it could result in some departments/subjects having all reserved candidates and some having only unreserved candidates. Such a proposition again would be discriminatory and unreasonable. This would again violate the Article 14 and 16 of the Constitution,” the Allahadbad High Court had observed in its verdict that cancelled the BHU recruitment and asked it to start afresh.
Later, the Supreme Court upheld the High Court order and asked the UGC to send a proposal to the HRD Ministry stating that the number of reserved posts for SC/ST and other backward class categories should be filled in department-wise. However, the government filed a special leave petition in the SC on April 12.
Many teachers association across the country condemned the new roaster system. The Barkatullah University Centre for Dalit studies, Rajeev Gandhi Chair HoD Prof SN Chawdhary said, “It is very unfortunate that the UGC issued such an order.” It will kill the chances of people from the marginalised sections to teach in higher educational institutions. The UGC and the government should re-consider this system, demanded Prof Chawdhary.