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Politicians call for ordinance against UGC circular on faculty reservation

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Cutting across party lines, political leaders today called for an ordinance that says teachers' appointments would take place as per the existing roster.

They also supported the Delhi University Teachers' Association's (DUTA) opposition to the issue of a UGC circular on faculty mechanism for universities.

The DUTA held a press conference today that was attended by representatives of various political parties.

Following an order - upheld by the - the (UGC) had on March 5 announced a new mechanism for implementing faculty reservations, which is calculating total posts department-wise rather than institution-wise.

The UGC had said that its new formula was in response to a direction of the high court in April last year.

It is believed that the move would cut down the number of posts available for SC and ST candidates. The government has filed a special leave petition (SLP) to undo the move and it will come up for hearing next month.

"Till the gives its final ruling, restore status quo ante. That is necessary and that can be done. If an ordinance is required for it, bring in an ordinance," CPI(M)had said.

Supporting Yechury's views, leader said the will be a party to the SLP.

"If the matter does not come up in the on July 2, it is my appeal to everyone to build pressure on the to bring in an ordinance to ensure that the appointments for the upcoming academic session happen according to the existing rules.

"We also have our own higher universities and they are also being impacted. The reservation policy should not be narrowed down to an extent that it becomes ineffective," she said.

said she found it "shocking" that the SLP came at such a late stage and questioned the government's intention over not staying the roster.

BJP targeted the judiciary and said more than the parliamentarians, who were elected by the people, it are the judges who are making laws.

Others who voiced their views on the issue were RJD's Manoj Jha, CPI's Amarjeet Kaur, SUCIC's Pran Sharma, G Devarajan from the Forward and from CPI(ML).

They appealed to the to intervene and resolve the crisis, so that the Constitutional rights of the marginalised sections are protected, ad-hoc teachers are reappointed on the basis of the old roster and permanent appointments resumed at the earliest.

All current ad-hoc teachers have been appointed according to the 200-point college/university-wise roster, which is to be discontinued, according to the March 5 notification.

While the press conference was on, some ABVP members protested outside the venue against the evaluation boycott being carried out by the DUTA.

The DUTA had begun the evaluation boycott from May 9 to oppose the UGC notification and the probability of some of the DU colleges being made autonomous colleges.

However, some student bodies --the All Democratic Students Organisation, All Students Association, Disha, Krantikari Yuva Sangathan, Parivartankami Chhatra Sangathan, and --have extended support to the teachers' body in their fight.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 21:40 IST