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Why Are the Reserved Categories Objecting to the 13-point Roster?

An examination of the 13-point and 200-point roster systems for reservation of faculty positions in universities and colleges for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Classes shows the anamolies involved. It also shows the reasons for the meagre representation of reserved category candidates compared to their proportion in the population and the earmarked proportions
of reservation.

The notification of the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued on 5 March 2018, directing all universities and colleges to implement the reservation policy for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes (SC, ST and OBC) positions, by treating the department as a unit rather than the concerned university or college as a unit has provoked strong opposition from the academic community (UGC 2018). The UGCs decision was based on the judgment of the Allahabad High Court which stated,

If the University is taken as a Unit for every level of teaching and applying the roster, it could result in some departments/subjects having all reserved candidates and some having only unreserved candidates. (Vivekanand Tiwari and Anr v Union of India and 5 Ors 2017)

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Published On : 20th Jan, 2024

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