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Cabinet clears ordinance on reservation roster for faculty posts in universities

  • A college or university will be taken as one unit for reservation in teaching posts
  • The University Grants Commission announced in March last year that an individual department should be considered as the base unit

New Delhi: The Cabinet on Thursday cleared an ordinance on reservation mechanism for appointment of faculties in universities, finance minister Arun Jaitley said.

Earlier this week, human resource development minister Prakash Javadekar said the Centre was committed to restoring the reservation roster in educational institutions following a series of protests over the issue by various organisations.

They had been urging the government to bring an ordinance to restore the 200-point roster, taking college or university as a unit for reservation in teaching posts.

The University Grants Commission announced in March last year that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates, following an order by the Allahabad High Court in April 2017.

The Supreme Court last month dismissed a review petition filed by the HRD ministry, after its special leave petition against the court order was rejected by the apex court.

Javadekar had said in the Lok Sabha on February 11 that the government can "bring an ordinance if its review petition filed in the top court is rejected".

This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed

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