The executive council (EC) of Jawaharlal Nehru University — the highest decision making body of the institution — has approved the principle of reservation in faculty positions at the higher levels, viz professor and associate professor.
“The EC ratified the decision to extend reservation to all levels in its meeting on Monday,” a JNU EC member told HT.
This is in conformity with the UGC guidelines issued in 2006 extending quotas to all levels rather than just the entry level.
"I raised the issue in the last academic council meet in October, but the university continues to dither, remaining the only prominent exception among central universities not to implement the guidelines," DU AC member Sanjay Kumar said.
Sources say the JNU and DU were the only prominent institutions that had not approved quotas at all levels till now. JNU's approval is likely to put additional pressure on DU to implement the guidelines.
However, the JNU decision comes after a wide division within the university on the matter, with key academics like Bipan Chandra, YK Alagh, Yogendra Singh, CP Bhambri and Asis Dutta writing to the EC chairman a year back that quotas at higher levels would lead to a 'decline' of the institution, "a centre of excellence" that the disadvantaged could access inexpensively as students.
However, those supporting quotas cite them as flowing from the Constitution and the 2006 UGC guidelines.
JNU brought out an advertisement in 2009 reserving posts at all levels, but it lapsed amid divisions on the issue. The anti-quota group complained that 84 of 149 faculty positions announced in the ad were reserved. The JNU academic council also sought the responses of various centres and sources say seven centres ruled against quotas, four said 'yes' and seven others suggested legal opinion.