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In March, the Uni­ver­sity Grants Com­mis­sion, fol­low­ing an Al­la­habad High Court de­ci­sion, later up­held by the Supreme Court, an­nounced a new pol­icy for fac­ulty reser­va­tions, in which an aca­demic depart­ment, rather than the uni­ver­sity as a whole, would be treated as a sin­gle unit for cal­cu­lat­ing avail­able posts. As a re­sult, ac­cord­ing to data com­piled by the min­istry of so­cial jus­tice and em­pow­er­ment, the avail­able re­served jobs for Sched­uled Castes and Sched­uled Tribes in par­tic­u­lar have dwin­dled to next to noth­ing. Of­fi­cials are now ar­gu­ing for govern­ment in­ter­ven­tion to over­turn the pol­icy. The fig­ures since March show that of the hun­dreds of fac­ulty po­si­tions that have be­come avail­able, only a hand­ful have been re­served, far fewer than would be the case un­der the old rules. Back in May, the Delhi Uni­ver­sity Teach­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion led a protest against the new UGC pol­icy, point­ing out that were the “no­ti­fi­ca­tion not with­drawn, it would set the af­fir­ma­tive pol­icy of so­cial jus­tice through reser­va­tion back by decades”.

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