On Thursday, a new bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha which seeks to allow filling up of more than 7,000 existing vacancies by direct recruitment in accordance with a new quota system in institutions of higher education.

The same kind of bill was introduced in Parliament during the tenure of the previous Lok Sabha and it had lapsed. The government had then brought an ordinance. The new Central Education Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019 aims to replace the ordinance issued by the previous government. Minister of State for HRD Sanjay Dhotre introduced the bill.

The bill will consider the university or college as one unit restoring earlier reservation system based on a 200-point roster. The unit for reservation of posts in direct recruitment in teachers’ cadre will be the university/educational institutions, and not the department.

Last year in March, the University Grants Commission declared that an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for the Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, after an order by the Allahabad High Court in April 2017.

A review petition filed by the HRD Ministry was rejected in February by the Supreme Court after its special leave petition against the court was rejected by the apex court. As per the HRD Ministry, the law is likely to improve teaching standards in higher educational institutions by attracting all eligible talented candidates belonging to SCs/STs/SEBCs/EWS. 

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