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    IITs skirt teacher quota policy


    IITs skirt teacher quota policy
    Institutes claim exemption but ministry gropes for order

    New Delhi, Dec. 5: The Indian institutes of technology have revealed that they don’t follow the government’s decades-old reservation policy in hiring teachers and claim they were granted exemption from SC/ST and OBC quotas.

    But the human resource development ministry has told The Telegraph it has no knowledge of any such immunity granted to the IITs.

    The ministry, however, said it was “ascertaining” whether it ever granted exemption to the premier engineering colleges.

    “We are examining the case and ascertaining details about whether the IITs were granted exemption from reservation,” Ravi Mathur, the joint secretary in charge of technical institutes at the ministry, said.

    The government had introduced 22.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes following amendments to the Constitution in 1951. Based on the recommendations of the controversial Mandal commission report, the quota was extended by 27 per cent in the early nineties to cover the Other Backward Classes.

    Although the IITs claim they were exempt from implementing the policy, for over two years now they have been unable to provide the ministry documents required to establish that they had indeed been granted immunity.

    Responding to a Right to Information query, the IITs admitted they hadn’t received any exemption order from the HRD minister, which, officials said, was essential for not implementing reservation.

    The IITs cited an office memorandum (OM) No. 9/2/73, dated 23/6/1975, claiming exemption. The OM, issued by the department of personnel and training, allows for exemptions in “scientific and technical institutions” but clearly mentions that the “orders of the minister concerned are required”.

    An almost identical OM dated 13/5/1994, was also cited by the IITs. But once again, the OM made it clear that the minister’s order was needed.
    The OM was originally drafted keeping in mind jobs of a strategic nature, such as those in the Department of Atomic Energy or the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, explained an official at the department of personnel and training.

    IIT Madras director M.S. Ananth conceded that the decision not to reserve posts for teachers from backward segments was based on IIT “interpretation” of the quota policy rather than on “written” clearance.

    “We have just an oral understanding, no written communication. The decision is based on our interpretation,” Ananth said.

    Ananth added that though the IITs don’t follow the reservation policy, people from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes are “taken good care of” at the institutes, and often get preference over general candidates if “their academic qualifications are the same”.

    “Teachers do not teach any one community... they teach everyone. So we cannot risk any dilution of quality,” Ananth said.

    The “hunt” for an exemption order began two years ago after K.

    Subbarayan, a CPI Lok Sabha member, asked in Parliament whether the IITs were following the reservation policy when it came to hiring teachers.

    Junior HRD minister M.A.A. Fatmi’s reply only said “there are faculty members of all communities, including SC/ST, serving” at the IITs.
    The IITs, however, said in their replies to the RTI applications that they were not implementing reservations for any teaching positions.

    The applications were filed by Dr Ethirajan Muralidharan, a biomedical engineer, and Dr K.N. Murukes, a member of Parliament from Karur, Tamil Nadu, from 1991 to 1996.

    “It is ridiculous that the HRD ministry and the IITs cannot sort this out between themselves. And in the meantime, lots of talented people from the SC, ST and OBC categories are losing out on jobs at the IITs,” Murukes said from Tamil Nadu.

    Muralidharan, who completed his masters and PhD from IIT Madras, applied for a job as a professor six times at his alma mater, but was turned down every time.

    He has alleged discrimination because he is from the OBC category, a charge the IIT has denied.

    The IITs, in a letter to the ministry, also alleged that Muralidharan was out to malign them since he was refused a job.

    The Telegraph - Calcutta : Frontpage





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    PM promises meeting on IIT faculty quota


    As reported in telegraphindia.com on 27 August 2008:
    The Telegraph - Calcutta (Kolkata) | Frontpage | PM promises meeting on IIT faculty quota

    PM promises meeting on IIT faculty quota


    New Delhi, Aug. 26: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today publicly assured IIT Guwahati director Gautam Barua that he would personally discuss with cabinet colleagues the institutes demand for exemption from faculty quotas.

    This is the first time that the Prime Minister, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Assam, has hinted that he was open to a debate on the implementation of faculty quotas at premier educational institutions like the IITs.

    Addressing students and faculty at IIT Guwahati today, the Prime Minister said he had taken note of the point that Gautam Barua has made with regard to the reservation issue.

    I (will) take that with me and bring it to the notice of my cabinet colleagues, he said.

    The Prime Ministers assurance came after a meeting with Barua earlier in the day, when the director expressed concern over the impact on the quality of faculty if reservations are implemented for teachers, sources said.

    The government had introduced 22.5 per cent reservation in jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes following amendments to the Constitution in 1951.

    Based on the recommendations of the controversial Mandal Commission report, the quota was extended by 27 per cent in the early nineties to cover the Other Backward Classes.

    The Telegraph, on December 6, 2007, revealed that the IITs were not following the governments reservation policy, claiming exemption that they were never granted.

    Responding to a Right to Information query, the IITs admitted they had not received any exemption order from the HRD minister, which, officials said, was essential for not implementing reservations.

    The IITs initially cited an office memorandum (No 9/2/73, dated 23/6/1975), claiming exemption. The office memorandum, issued by the department of personnel and training, allows for exemptions in scientific and technical institutions but clearly mentions that the orders of the HRD minister concerned are required.

    An almost identical office memorandum dated 13/5/1994, was also cited by the IITs. But once again, the office memorandum made it clear that the ministers order was needed.

    On neither occasion was this exemption obtained from the HRD minister at the time.

    Based on The Telegraph report, the Standing Committee of the IIT Council (SCIC) the highest recommendatory body for the IITs in February suggested that faculty quotas must be implemented.

    Following the SCIC recommendation, the HRD ministry issued a fresh notification to the IITs, ordering them to implement reservations for teaching staff.

    The IITs have, however, opposed the HRD ministry order, and at the SCIC meeting on July 3, formally sought exemption from the governments job quota policy.



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