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13-Point Roster row: Govt to bring Ordinance or Bill

March 6, 2019

The Centre said it will bring an Ordinance or a Bill if the Supreme Court rejects its review petition on reservation mechanism for faculties in universities.

The SP and BSP had on Thursday not allowed Rajya Sabha to function over their demand that the government bring a Bill to protect the interest of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBC. On Friday, Human Resource Development minister Prakash Javadekar made a brief statement in the House saying till such time no recruitment will be allowed in universities.

A study has been conducted on how department-wise reservations to faculties will affect SC, ST and OBCs in 30 universities, he said. The government will file a review petition in the Supreme Court after its Special Leave Petition on faculty reservation mechanism for universities was rejected by the apex court.

Following an order by the Allahabad High Court in April in 2017, the University Grants Commission (UGC) had announced in March 2018 that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.

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