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Central universities ignoring SC/STs

Be it teaching or non-teaching posts, where even a matriculate can apply, SCs and STs have been grossly under-represented. Vikas Pathak reports.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2008 01:44 IST
Vikas Pathak

Varous central universities are conveniently interpreting guidelines regarding fulfillment of SC/ST quotas in teaching positions in their own ways. Be it teaching or non-teaching posts, where even a matriculate can apply, SCs and STs have been grossly under-represented.

While universities like JNU, University of Hyderabad and Allahabad University have just announced the first ever SC/ST vacancies for posts of professor and reader to implement the UGC's 2006 guidelines that SC and ST quotas are to be provided for “all teaching posts such as lecturers, readers and professors”, Delhi University is yet to comply.

Since 1975, when the UGC first decided on teaching quotas in central universities, SC/STs have been inducted only as lecturers and not readers and professors, says Yagati Chinna Rao of JNU. He adds that here, constitutional provisions for 15 per cent SC and 7.5 per cent ST quotas were violated on the “excuse” that suitable candidates weren’t found.

“Even at the non-teaching Group C level, there were only 5.11 per cent SCs and 4.02 per cent STs in all central universities in 2006. This proves all talk of non-suitability of candidates is just an excuse,” says R.K. Kale, member of the UGC standing committee on SCs and STs.

“In 2006, there were only 11 and 17 professors belonging to the SC and ST categories in 18 central universities, representing 0.77 per cent and 1.18 per cent of the filled vacancies, respectively. For the post of reader too, SC/ST representation was 1.11 per cent and 1.19 per cent, respectively,” Kale said.