HRD wants faculty quota in IIT

New Delhi: It is almost as if the OBC quota is not enough. The Human Resource Ministry under HRD Minister Arjun Singh has now ordered a quota for the teachers, leaving the IIT teaching staff fuming.

The Government diktat was signed by the Director of Technical Education in the HRD ministry, Seema Raj, and read: “I am directed to say that the matter relating to reservation of SC, ST, OBC categories in recruitment to teaching (faculty) posts in the IITs was considered in the second meeting of the SCIC (Standing Committee of IIT Council) held on 11/2/2008. The recommendations made by the SCIC have been accepted by the chairman of (the) IIT Council. Accordingly, it has been decided to implement reservation for SC, ST, OBC, in recruitment to teaching (faculty) posts in IITs with immediate effect.”

In the latest diktat, the HRD Ministry has ordered IITs to introduce quotas for teachers with immediate effect. The move seeks to create 15 per cent quota for Scheduled Castes, 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribes and 27 per cent for Other Backward Classes in teaching positions.

The matter assumes importance because of the massive recruitment drive IITs will have to undertake as they increase their faculty after the OBC quota implementation and the subequent expansion plans. Almost 250-300 teachers are to be recruited by IITs in the next three years.

IITs currently have reservations for backward category candidates for administrative posts – from attendants to the level of deputy registrar. However, there is no reservation for the teaching staff.

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