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Lok Sabha passes teachers’ reservation Bill

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in the parliament that bill is aimed at implementing 200-point reservation system.

Jul 2, 2019 14:53 IST
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Lok Sabha passes teachers’ reservation Bill

The Lok Sabha has passed the Central Educational Institutions (Reservations in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill-2019 on July 2, 2019. The bill seeks to provide for the reservation of posts in appointments by direct recruitment of persons belonging to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Educationally Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections to teachers’ cadre in Central Educational Institutions. The bill will replace the Ordinance promulgated in this regard.

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank reiterated government’s commitment towards reservation and to give equal opportunity to all as per the Constitution. The Minister said, this bill gives enough scope and opportunities in higher education sector in the country.

About Teachers’ reservation bill

Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said in the parliament that bill is aimed at implementing 200-point reservation system instead of 13-point roster system to fill up teacher vacancies in Universities and Central Government Higher Educational Institutions.

The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill 2019, will allow filling of about 8,000 existing vacancies in 41 Central universities and also provide 10 per cent reservation for economically weaker sections from the general category.

Background

The issue emerges from April 2017 Allahabad High Court order, in which it said that for the purpose of reservation for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in universities, an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved. The order was challenged in the Supreme Court, which upheld the High Court’s order. A review petition filed by the HRD Ministry in February this year was also dismissed by the apex court.

This led to massive protests from teachers and students across the country as it was feared the new system would lower the numbers of reserved seats in universities. In March, the Cabinet cleared an ordinance on reservation mechanism for appointment of faculties in universities in order to overturn the HC and SC orders.

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