Ahead of polls, Union Cabinet Approves Ordinance on Reservation Roster for University Teachers

New Delhi: The Union Cabinet today, during its last meeting before the 2019 general elections, approved an ordinance on the reservation mechanism for university teachers.

Following the decision to restore the ‘200-point roster system’ for reservation in faculty jobs at higher education institutes, reservation for teachers will now be implemented, taking each university as a unit to calculate the number of teaching posts that would be reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) candidates.

The Ordinance, in effect, reverses the order of Allahabad High Court in 2017, based on which the University Grants Commission (UGC) had announced last March that an individual department should be considered as the base unit.

It is worth mentioning that Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had earlier hinted that the Centre was seriously considering the 200-point roster.

The Ordinance will come in effect after the presidential nod, however, it will only be valid till the Lok Sabha is dissolved at the end of the NDA government’s five-year-term, reported Firstpost.