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Pradeep Singh

Bhubaneswar/New Delhi: Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank recently informed that the government has not yet taken any decision on the recommendation that Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) should be exempted from reservations in faculty appointments.

The government is yet to take any decision on the recommendation of the panel's recommendations that the IITs should be exempted from reservations in faculty appointments, the Minister informed Rajya Sabha last week.

The committee had submitted its report in June last year and it was circulated to all the ministries concerned and their comments have been received, Pokhriyal said in a written reply to a question in the Upper House. "The government has not yet taken a decision on the recommendations of the committee," PTI quoted Nishank as saying.

An eight-member committee comprising IIT directors was earlier asked to suggest measures on effective implementation of reservation policies not only in recruitment but also for admissions.

In a report submitted to the government in June 2022, the panel had said that the IITs should be exempted from reservations because they are ‘institutes of national importance and are involved in research’.

According to the news agency, the committee had also noted that the expectations from the IITs faculty are very high due to the quality and standards of education, and rather than specific quotas, diversity issues should be addressed through outreach campaigns and targeted recruitment of faculty.

“As IITs are premier institutions nurturing great minds, they should be exempted from reservations in the faculty appointment at least if not in case of admission of students. It’s risky and injustice on part of the students to have incompetent faculty,” said an educationist.

The government should consider the same through various angles and a decision in favour of IIT students by not allowing reservations in the appointment of faculty in such institutions, he added.

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