Bhopal: Supreme Court decision on reservation roster to impact PSC’s Asst Prof recruitment

Bhopal: Justice UU Lalit headed bench in Supreme Court, on Tuesday refused to interfere with Allahabad High Court’s decision in which appointments were made overlooking UGC’s guidelines. This important development is destined to influence Madhya Pradesh PSC recruitment process for assistant professors as according to sources it was done violating the reservation norms related with SC/ST and OBC. The court clarified that in matters related to reservation in appointments- departments would be considered as units and not the university.

“The SC has made clear that in recruitment process one has to follow reservation roster subject wise and post wise- that has not been the case here in Madhya Pradesh. It was on this ground that the high court has granted stay on issuing appointment letters of the selected candidates till January 29,” said DP Singh, one of the litigants who had filed the petition in High Court and Supreme Court.

There are several cases challenging the recruitment made through PSC 2017 exams in the High Court and now even in the apex court. Till date higher education department hasn’t been able to file its reply in High Court about the reservation roster.

“The higher education department has to submit a reply in court stating details of number of posts in colleges (with classification of reservation roster) along with number of vacant posts in subjects. It has not been successful so far in providing the details,” said Singh.

Fate of selected candidates in limbo A senior official of higher education department requesting anonymity admitted that it will be really difficult for the department to make a detailed reservation roster since 1998 till date. Under these circumstances the appointment letters of the candidates selected through PSC will not be issued until the court assures implementation of reservation roster subject and posts wise. The Jabalpur High Court has granted stay on appointments till January 29. Fate of the selected candidates depends on the answer filed by the higher education department, said Singh.

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