The University Grants Commission has released a notification with the guidelines to check Caste-based discrimination in universities. The notification has been released with an aim to prevent caste discrimination from happening and in case of any complaints strict action is to be taken.
According to the information provided, the UGC has mentioned that it has taken steps to prevent caste-based discrimination in Higher Education institutions and the UGC has requested the universities to take action when cases are recorded.
Guidelines issued by UGC
- As per the guidelines mentioned in the official notification, none of the officials or faculty members must discriminate against SC/ST students on any grounds. The notification stated that the officials or faculty members must desist from any act of discrimination against SC/ST students on the grounds of their social origin.
- The UGC has also directed all the colleges/institutions/universities to have a page on their website helping individuals to lodge complaints on caste-based discrimination through which students can register their complaints if discriminated against.
- In case complaints are registered, it is necessary that the institute takes appropriate action against defaulters and a copy of the complaint has to be submitted to the registrar/principal's office.
- A committee is also required to be formed to look into the complaints and if filed the committee will also offer redressal mechanisms for the same. The notice further reads that the university and colleges should make sure that no official or faculty member indulges in any kind of discrimination against any community or category of students.
The institutions have also been asked to provide relevant information for the 2020-21 academic year on the University Activity Portal, UAMP and it is the responsibility of the institutions to sensitize their officials and faculty members regarding the same.