Jawaharlal Nehru University students protested against a University Grant Commission’s (UGC) verdict that 27% OBC reservation is applicable only for the post of assistant professor. Also Read - Will Convert All State-Run Madrasas Into a General School: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
The students are demanding that reservation should also be extended to posts of professor and associate professor level. The students are led by students’ body president Kanhaiya Kumar. Students met UGC officials and submitted a memorandum. Also Read - Anything For Education: Goa Students Trek 3km Everyday to Reach Hilltop to Access Internet For Online Classes
In a recent letter to the Registrar of Universities, the UGC said that there had been no change in the reservation policy in faculty positions in central universities. In the letter, UGC had said that in teaching positions reservation for SCs (15 per cent), STs (7.5 per cent) is applicable at all three levels, assistant professor, associate professor and professor. Also Read - Will You Send Your Kids to School If They Reopen in October? 71% Parents Say No; Reveals Survey
But, the 27 per cent OBC reservation is applicable only at the level of assistant professor.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar said “We students cannot tolerate this game with education and social justice. All the teachers, clerks and students will be on the road to protest against this. And if the government does not listen to our demands, then they will be ones who’ll eventually come on the road.”
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