JNU students protest against non-implementation of faculty quota

Last Updated: Mon, Apr 05, 2010 15:00 hrs

A group of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students protested here on Monday against the administration outside the office of the University Grants Commission (UGC) for not filling up reserved faculty positions.

Students said the directives and the constitutional provisions in implementation of reservation policy in filling up faculty positions meant for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and Other Backward Class (OBC) candidates were not being followed by the university.

Reportedly, the JNU administration had rejected the cut-off criteria for SC/ST/OBC candidates over the past two years.

The protestors claimed that at a meeting held on March 31, the JNU administration cited 'legal ambiguity' as an excuse in not filling up the reserved faculty positions.

The meeting was held to finalise SC and ST candidates for the posts of associate professor and professor and OBC candidates as assistant professors.

"According to the Supreme Court and Ministry of Human Resource Development, each and every central university has to implement SC/ST/OBC reservation. But in our campus our administration is not ready to implement reservation in the campus," said Priya, one of the protestors.

"They are saying that if SC/ST/OBC teachers and students will come in the university to teach and to study, the standard of JNU will decrease. So according to the JNU administration they don't want to implement the reservation," she alleged. (ANI)