Exclude IIT recruits from reservation, suggests the panel

Posted by MAYURA JANWALKAR | Mumbai |

Updated: December 17, 2020, 8:18:00 am

The report was well received by the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle at IIT Bombay. (File)

An eight-member committee appointed by the government to propose measures to effectively implement reservations in the admission of students and in the recruitment of teachers in IITs has recommended that the 23 engineering schools be subject to reservations under the 2019 CEI Act and not Exempt from specific quotas for diversity Issues should be addressed through outreach campaigns and targeted faculty recruitment.

The committee’s five-page report, submitted on June 17 to the Ministry of Human Resources Development, now renamed the Ministry of Education, was made available on Wednesday under the Right to Information Act through a motion filed in Uttar Pradesh.

The committee was chaired by IIT Delhi director V Ramgopal Rao and had IIT Kanpur director Abhay Karandikar, representatives of the secretaries of the Departments of Social Justice and Empowerment, Tribal Affairs, Department of Personnel and Education, People with Disabilities, and Registrars of IIT Bombay and des IIT Madras as its other members.

Two of the committee’s recommendations indicated that IITs should be included in the list of “Institutions of Excellence” included in the annex to the Central Educational Institutions Act (Reservation in Teachers’ Staff) of 2019. Section 4 of the Act exempts “institutions of excellence, research institutions, institutions of national and strategic importance” and minority institutions mentioned in the timetable from making reservations.

Currently, Tata Basic Research Institute, National Brain Research Center, Northeast Indira Gandhi Regional Health and Medicine Institute, Jawaharlal Nehru Advanced Scientific Research Laboratory, Physical Research Laboratory, Space Physics Laboratory, Indian Remote Sensing Institute, and Homi Bhabha The National Institute and all of its 10 constituent units fall under Section 4 of the Act.

The report states: “Since IITs have been established and recognized as institutions of national importance under a law of Parliament, they should be listed in the appendix to the… CEI Law of 2019 in order to be waived. This needs to be reconsidered immediately for the inclusion of IITs in the schedule, taking into account the nature of these institutions, tasks and their activities. The issue of reservations in these institutions can be delegated to their respective board of governors to deal with in accordance with the resolutions, statutes and statutes of the board of directors. “

The report met with a sharp reaction from the Ambedkar Periyar Phule Study Circle (APPSC) of the IIT Bombay, who said in a statement on Wednesday: “Rather than highlighting errors in the existing selection process and recommending ways to correct them, the committee carries its casteistic ignorance and leaves the blame for not being “qualified enough” to candidates from reserved categories. Sufficient data is available to suggest that the shortage of qualified candidates from the reserved categories was never a reason for lack of admission to doctoral programs at the IITs. It’s the cut-off mark used to deny entry to eligible SC / ST / OBC students at locations like IITs for years. “

A member of the APPSC told The Indian Express, “The committee’s report was not made public earlier. We only got it today after an RTI application was submitted to UP. The committee did exactly the opposite of what it was appointed to do. It should address the reservation policy violations that we have repeatedly pointed out with data. Instead, she wants to abolish the reservation to hire teachers. This is like a person accused of breaking a law calling for the law to be abolished. “

The committee, which met via video conference on May 1st and 12th, also wrote in its report: “The number of students with reserved category for the PhD program is small and needs to be addressed. This significantly limits the number of reserved category candidates available to be hired as a faculty in the IIT system. “

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