Government committed to quota in faculty positions: Javadekar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 20 Jul 2018 09:39:32


New Delhi,

UNION HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said the Modi Government was committed to reservation in the faculty positions of universities and that it does not agree with a court order quashing the 50 per cent reservation.
“The University Grants Commission (UGC) was forced to issue a 13-point roster after an Allahabad High Court ruling last year. But we do not agree with the court order,” Javadekar said.

“We have filed two SLPs (special leave petitions). The hearing is scheduled on August 13,” Javadekar told the Rajya Sabha after some members raised the issue during Zero Hour. He said that the Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry had already put on hold all interviews for recruitment for teaching positions in
universities and colleges which were to be held under the roster pending a decision on the SLPs.

“We are hopeful we will be able to save reservation for Scheduled Castes, Sscheduled Tribes and OBCs. We will neither let it go, nor let others abolish it,” he said.
The issue was raised by Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav. He termed the March 5 UGC roster that kept nine out of every 13 teaching positions as unreserved, giving three to OBCs and one to Scheduled Castes, as a “conspiracy” to deprive the SC, ST and the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) of their due as guaranteed by the Constitution.

Yadav was seconded by senior Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and P.L Punia besides a number of other members siding with the cause. The Allahabad high Court had in April last year struck down a UGC circular prescribing institution-wise reservation to fill vacant faculty positions.

The Supreme Court too upheld the High Court’s order, prompting the UGC to issue a circular for reserving seats for SC, ST and OBCs department-wise.

Steps in place to check recurrence of CBSE paper leak: Javadekar

THE CBSE has taken steps to check recurrence of paper leaks after disaffiliating schools concerned for compromising with the sanctity of exams, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts 14 types of examinations which are taken by 1.5 crore students, Javadekar said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.

“The Board is examining various options to ensure that such incidents (leakage of question papers) do not recur...The Government has constituted a High-Powered Committee (HPC) to examine the entire system of conducting Class X and Class XII examinations conducted by the CBSE. The Committee has recently submitted its report,” Javadekar said.

States to give affidavit on translated NEET papers

THE Centre would be taking affidavits from state Governments on accuracy of translated NEET question papers from the next year, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said.
The National Eligibility Cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education for admission to MBBS/BDS courses.
Javadekar was responding to an issue raised by AIADMK member Vijila Sathyananth regarding inaccurate translation of NEET questions in Tamil and the problems faced by students during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha.