Sunday, April 4, 2010

[ZESTCaste] SC/ST quota for JNU faculty kicks up a row

SC/ST quota for JNU faculty kicks up a row
TNN, Apr 4, 2010, 04.47am IST

NEW DELHI: After battling a row over OBC reservation for students, JNU
may now witness an agitation over SC/ST quota for faculty recruitment.
Disgruntled by the administration's long deliberation on whether posts
for SC/ST should be reserved at the level of associate professor and
professor, student groups in JNU are now gearing up to stage a mass
protest and call for a strike on Tuesday.

The academic council (AC) and the Executive Council of the university
are undecided on whether the Ministry of Human Resources Development's
directive of 2005 and University Grants Commission order for
implementation of SC/ST and physically handicapped reservation at all
three levels of professorship and the OBC reservation for assistant
professors are legally binding or not. The varsity has sought the
opinion of solicitor general. Many view this as a move to stall social
justice on the campus.

Former JNUSU president Sandeep Singh said: "The authorities think that
this could dilute academic standards, which is discriminatory. Many
professors from this category have contributed to academics.''

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