New Delhi: Central universities would have to reserve 27% of faculty posts for Other Backward Classes, or OBC, candidates from entry to professor level, unlike the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) which have been allowed to implement reservations only at the entry level, a senior official said on Friday.
As per an order issued by the human resources development, or HRD, ministry, through the University Grants Commission (UGC) earlier this year, the Central universities have to reserve 27% seats for OBC category candidates while appointing assistant professors, lecturers and professors across all streams, UGC chairman Sukhdeo Thorat told “Mint”.
Quota row: HRD minister Arjun Singh. The ministry had earlier this year ordered a 27% quota for OBCs at Central universities. Photograph: Kamal Singh / PTI
“The Times of India” had on Friday reported that the ministry has accepted the demand of IITs to restrict OBC reservations to entry level posts. Thorat on Friday said no such relaxation has been given to Central universities.
Central universities, except the New Delhi-based Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), would be implementing OBC quotas from the entry to the professor level from this academic year itself.
While several Central universities, including Delhi University, have already begin the process of reserving staff seats, JNU’s decision to implement the quota hit a roadblock when a petition was filed before the Supreme Court challenging its implementation. The petition argued that there can be no reservations in institutes of excellence in research and super-specialization, where the sole criteria for appointment is merit.
The final decision on relaxation being given to the IITs would be taken soon in a meeting between ministry officials and IIT directors.
Kamal Mitra Chenoy, president of JNU teachers association, said the ministry’s decision on quotas is partial and elitist. Terming the order discriminatory, Chenoy said while it allows IITs to also dereserve quota posts if they did not get filled for a year, Central universities were not empowered to dereserve vacant seats.