UGC’s new formula likely to reduce number of SC/ST, OBC faculties in Central universities

New Delhi: After the implementation of University Grant Commission’s new formula, the number of faculties belonging to reserved categories i.e., SC, ST and OBC is likely to go down.

According to the report published in Indian Express, under the new formula, every department will be considered as a unit and number of reserved seats will be calculated department wise. Currently, entire university is considered as a unit. Human Resource Department Ministry is learnt to have accepted this new formula.

It is also reported that soon, UGC is likely to issue an executive order in this matter. However, UGC Chairman Mr. D P Singh refuses to comment on this. It may be mentioned that this new formula was derived after the direction of Allahabad High Court. The court while hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment at the Banaras Hindu University said that instead of entire university, each department should be considered as a unit. Later, Standing Committee of UGC after studying the judgments gave a new formula for recruitment in all universities.

As per the report of government, in 2016, only 7 out of 100 teachers in colleges and universities belongs to disadvantaged castes. In other words, only 1.02 lakh of the 14.1 lakh teachers in 716 universities and 38,056 colleges in the country were from Dalit community whereas 30 thousand facilities belonged to the Tribal community.

It may be noted that with the implementation of UGC’s new formula, number of faculties belonging to reserved categories in universities and colleges would go down as every department will be considered as a separate unit. If there is only 1 vacancy of Asst. Professor in a particular department then reservation will not be possible.

Reacting on the new formula of UGC, Mr. P S Krishnan said that government should have knocked at the door of Supreme Court against the decision of Allahabad High Court.