The University Grants Commission (UGC) on has directed the Pondicherry Central University to strictly implement the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admission) Act, 2006, in PhD admissions.
In an e-mail reply (dated August 18, 2016) to an RTI enquiry, UGC Joint Secretary Dev Swarup has written: “The University Grants Commission has been issuing official communications with regard to strict implementation of reservation policy in appointments and admissions, from time to time. Also, whenever a written communication received from the University authorities seeking clarification on these matters, the UGC reminds them about the official position on the subject and to follow the reservation policy strictly. Further, there is no convention or relevance of anything called ‘oral instructions’ nor was any occasion or reason for the same, here in this matter. The University authorities have to address such issues at its level, keeping in view the Government policy on the subject.”
The UGC had copied the mail to the Vice-Chancellor, Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry and UGC vice-chairman H. Devaraj.
Recently, the University students had protested against the administration for not implementing the Act over the last 10 years. Responding to their demands, the administration had stated that there was confusion over the implementation of the Act and, on this ground, stalled the PhD admission process for over a month. They promised to carry it out after seeking legal consultation.
However, the University Registrar (in-charge) recently issued instructions to proceed with admissions citing oral instructions from Dr. Dev Swarup. However, no such oral instructions were given to the Registrar as mentioned in the RTI reply.
The protesting staff and students from the University alleged that by going ahead with the admission process, the administration was violating the Act and UGC directions.
The data accessed from the University administration through RTI for the last 10 years indicate that Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes students were systematically excluded from getting admissions in those departments where the vacancies are less than 4, especially for PhD Programme.
They stated that despite their repeated demand, the Registrar (in-charge) of Pondicherry Central University was reluctant to implement the Act. Protests against Pondicherry Central University administration for violation of Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Admisssion) Act, 2006, in PhD admissions are continuing with People’s Welfare Front (PWF) on Friday demanding implementation of the Act.
CPI (M) Puducherry Secretary R. Rajangam said they had sought an appointment to meet the University Registrar and Vice-Chancellor to stress on the implementation of the Act.
Pondicherry Central University Assistant Registrar (Public Relations) M.Vallathan said that the University Registrar (in-charge) M.Ramachandran had informed him that they had not received any communication related to the reservation policy in PhD admission from the UGC.
News Courtesy: The Hindu (link)