The UGC on Tuesday said there was no change in the reservation policy for SC, ST and OBC candidates in faculty positions in universities.
In a letter to Registrar of Universities, the regulator said that there has been no change in the reservation policy in faculty positions in central universities and guidelines for “strict implementation of reservation policy of the government in universities, deemed to be universities, colleges and other grant-in-aid institutions and Centres.”
UGC’s reaction came against the backdrop of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and leaders of other political parties’ attack on the NDA government, claiming it was trying to undo reservation.
Yadav on Tuesday claimed that the Centre was doing away with the existing 27% quota for OBCs in the recruitment of Professors and Associate Professors in central universities, and alleged it was an “attempt to kill the ideology of Dalit icon B R Ambedkar.”
Earlier in a letter on June 3, UGC had written to all central universities to implement the reservation policy as per norms.
In the letter, UGC had said that in teaching positions reservation for SCs in 15 per cent, STs 7.5 per cent is applicable at all three levels, i.e., Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor.
The letter added that in case of OBCs, 27 per cent reservation is applicable only at the level of Assistant Professor only.
A senior UGC official also told PTI that as per the norms established in 2007, 27 per cent OBC reservation in faculty jobs has been allowed at entry level.PTI ADS RCJ PAL RCJ