Jamia Millia Islamia’s move to reserve 5% seats that are supernumerary (over and above the existing seats) for wards of its employees has prompted one Jamia faculty member to take the issue up with President Pranab Mukherjee. President Mukherjee is the visitor to the university.
Obaid Siddiqui, a professor at Jamia Millia Islamia’s Mass Communication Centre has sent a petition to the President contending that the Delhi high court had quashed the 5% reservation given to wards of university employees.
“The Delhi high court had in 1997 quashed the 5% reservation given to sons/ daughters/spouses of permanent employees of Jamia Millia Islamia, as unjustified. For about a decade such reservations were rightly discontinued. But the university has once again started the process despite a judicial verdict in place,” the petition said.
The petition said that the reservation is in violation of the Jamia Millia Islamia Act.
However, Jamia authorities said that the seats reserved were supernumerary and hence had no effect on the existing strength. Jamia spokesperson Mukesh Ranjan said the 1997 HC order quashed the 5% reservation given from the sanctioned strength.
“The 1997 HC order quashed reservation for wards of staff which was given from the sanctioned strength. Our reservation is supernumerary. Also, within this 5% reservation, the merit and eligibility conditions will apply as same to that of general category,” Ranjan said.