DUTA writes to MHRD demanding ordinance on reservation roster for teaching positions

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The Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) writes to the Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar where they demand an ordinance on reservation roster for teaching positions in higher education institutes (HEI’s).

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 Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates following an order by Allahabad High Court in April 2017.

The HRD Ministry had filed a special leave petition against the court order which was rejected by the Supreme Court order.

The DUTA wrote a letter to Javadekar, urging him to bring a bill or ordinance to restore the 200-point reservation roster on the basis of college or university as a unit.

“You have reiterated on more than one occasion the intention of the Union government to promulgate an ordinance to restore the college or university wise reservation roster. Recent disturbing developments and their far-reaching implications require immediate steps for bringing such a bill or ordinance,” the DUTA said.

DUTA states that the department-wise calculation of seats will result in a massive reduction in the number of teaching posts for aspirants from ST, SC, OBC aspirants.

“It will push out from universities a large number of teachers from ST, SC and OBC backgrounds who have been working on ad hoc or temporary basis with a hope of getting permanent jobs,” the DUTA said.

“For past several years, over 4,000 teachers in Delhi University and its colleges have been working on ad hoc basis. Since 2013, they have been employed as per 200-point roster treating college as a unit,” the DUTA said.

“Change in the nature of teaching posts will affect teachers from all categories. Mass displacement of teachers will also result in loss of livelihood for many,” the letter said.

Teachers protested on Thursday in the varsity campus against the Supreme Court decision of rejecting the ministry’s special leave petition.

 

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