JNU students protests as EC meets

They have been demanding SC/ST quota for faculty recruitment


Jasleen Kaur | April 6, 2010

Students of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday  held protest demonstrations as the JNU Executive Council met reportedly to discuss reservations for SC/ST among the faculty.

The students have been demanding implementation of SC/ST reservations for faculty posts and OBC reservations for students. Shefalika, an All India Students' Association (AISA) member, said, "It is an all party call against the JNU administration for not implementing reservations for teachers as required by the law."

On Monday, the students observed a strike and held demonstration in front of the University Grants Commission (UGC) office. Vibha Aiyer, member of Progressive Student Union at JNU, said, "The issue of reservations for faculty positions at JNU has not been taken seriously. Various student organisations which are in favour of reservation are against the JNU administration."

For reservation, the Executive Council had given its approval in April 2007, after which the advertisement was given for various posts. But last year in November, the Academic Council opposed it. After which it was again referred to the EC.

An RTI query filed by a student at JNU shows that out of the total 486 faculty members only 23 of have been appointed through the SC/ST quota.



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