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SC: Depts, not univs, should be units for quota implementation

January 23, 2019 06:20 AM


SC: Depts, not univs, should be units for quota implementation

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Allahabad high court’s order that said individual departments and not universities/colleges should be the unit for implementation of SC/ST/OBC quota in faculties.

The Centre and UGC had challenged the HC order in a move that was seen as endorsement of the complaint of SC/ST/OBC bodies the verdict could be detrimental to their adequate representation in teaching positions.

However, a bench headed by Justice U U Lalit said there was nothing wrong with the high court verdict and dismissed the petition. While adjudicating a petition challenging reservation policy for teaching staff in Banaras Hindu University, the high court had ruled on April 7, 2017, that an education institution as a whole should not be treated as a unit to grant reservation and it should be given department-wise.

“The respondent university will carry out the exercise of applying reservation to the posts under advertisement treating the department/subject as a unit for all levels of teachers rather than treating the university as a unit,” the high court had said.

Challenging the verdict, the Centre and UGC moved SC saying the process of selection would get delayed as it would be difficult to ensure 15%, 7.5% and 27% reservation for SC/ST/OBC categories as the number of vacancies was small if taken department-wise. Universities earlier used a system whereby every fourth teacher appointed was be from OBCs, every seventh from SCs and every 14th from STs.

The Centre contended that under the new scheme, each department has to make 14 appointments to fulfil the quota policy, otherwise 7.5% quota for STs would be less than one post.

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