The University Grants Commission has rebuked Delhi University on calling it a `state' in an affidavit filed by the varsity in Delhi High Court, which said, “the university falls within the definition of `state' under Article 12 of the Constitution and therefore university can have its own policy of reservation under Article 16 (A)“.
In a strictly written letter, the UGC has asked DU to withdraw its affidavit.
The affidavit pertains to a petition filed by the Delhi University SC/ST/ OBC Teachers' Forum against the varsity for not following the reservation policy as per the 200-point post-based roster system.
While the commission's letter to DU will bring a big respite to the petitioner, it would cast a big blow on the university administration.
DU has already been facing the UGC wrath on four-year undergraduate programme. The lawyer appearing for DU said, “The HRD and UGC have not understood the interpretation. We have followed SC order on roster system. “
The SC/ST/OBC Teachers' Forum asserted that DU Executive Council violated the guidelines of the Department of Personnel & Training in September 2013. According to the 200-point post-based reservation roster, the posts for the reserved categories and the unreserved categories are to be fixed.
But, the forum found out that many reserved posts have been occupied by general category candidates.
As per DU Executive Council's decision in 2003, all the reserved category posts that are occupied by general category appointees will be allotted to the reserved categories only when the current occupants vacate the positions.