The recently launched circular on new quota rule for the SC/ ST/ OBC (Scheduled Caste/ Scheduled Tribe/ Other Backward Class) teachers recruitment by the Unversity Grants Commission (UGC) on March 5, 2018, has been challenged by the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister, Thawar Chand Gehlot. In a letter written to the HRD Minister, Prakash Singh Javadekar, Gehlot has strongly opposed the new quota rule as against the Indian constitution.
He has requested the government to rollback the new quota rule set by the UGC for the recruitment of teachers department wise at any college or universities across India. He has also urged Ministryinistery not to overshadow the marginalized section of the society especially for the post of teacher in UGC recognized colleges and universities.
New UGC quota rule notified by HRD for teachers recruitment
As per the notification released on March 5, 2018, by the UGC, the recruitment process for the teachers is said to see a change in terms of seat reservations. The new roster plan depicts that due to the new quota rule, there can be a fall in the number of SC/ ST/ OBC candidates in the department as professors or assistant professors as there will be only 15 percent, 7.5 percent and 27 percent reservations, respectively.
Apart from this, the new reservation rule set by the University Grants Commission has fixed every fourth candidate from the OBC category, every seventh candidate of the SC quota and every 14 candidature from ST.
More about the UGC notification for reservations of SC/ ST/ OBC
According to Gehlot, the chronological order mentioned in the new UGC reservation rule will hamper the job opportunity for those who fall under quota category. As there are a very few numbers of the post in the department and by the time the candidature will reach the eligibility set order wise, there shall be no jobs left for them.
These aforesaid amendments in the reservation policy for the recruitment of UGC teachers have been notified in the Clause 6 (c) and Clause 8 (a) (v) in the guideline of the UGC 2006. Prior to the amendment in the reservation rules by the UGC, colleges, and universities across India were prohibited to make any such changes that can lead to the reduction of candidates falling in the category of marginalized section of the society.