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HRD to file special petition in Apex court to undo order on faculty quota

HRD to file special petition in Apex court to undo order on faculty quota
New Delhi: Weeks after announcing a new faculty reservation mechanism for universities, the Centre is preparing to file a special leave petition to undo the move that has sparked a controversy.
"There is confusion on whether to treat a university or a department as one unit in the reservation roaster. An inter-ministerial committee was set up to discuss the matter. We took legal opinion and have decided to file a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court," Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said at an event yesterday.
Following an Allahabad High Court order - upheld by the Supreme Court - the University Grants Commission (UGC) had on March 5 announced a new
mechanism for implementing faculty reservations, i.e. calculating total posts department wise rather than institution wise.
The move is likely to have serious implications as it is believed to cut down the number of posts available for SC and ST faculty members.
The UGC has said that its new reservation formula was in response to a direction of the Allahabad High Court in April last year.
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