Delhi University

DU has just 4.63 percent of teachers belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBC), as against the legal requirement of 27 percent, a parliamentary board has found. The panel also waned how one of the biggest universities in the country has failed the national commitment to social justice. 

In 1993, it was made mandatory to have 27% OBC reservations in central government jobs.

Also, there is neither an associate professor nor professor among the 4.63%, teachers, the committee noted.

Out of the total 1,706 ruled posts, DU has just 79 OBC teachers, the Parliamentary Committee on the Welfare of OBCs has asserted in its draft report on Measures undertaken to secure the representation of OBCs in admissions in Ph.D. and appointment of teachers in Delhi University.

According to the sources,  the draft report was headed by BJP  MP Ganesh Singh,  last Tuesday.

The committee has displayed its unhappiness over DU’s approach towards the representation of OBC in the faculty.

DU has 16 faculties and over 80 educational departments with an equal number of colleges. Over 7 lakh students study in the varsity.

 

No OBC professor or associate professors

The panel has detected that representation of OBC teachers in varied grades is “even more worrisome”.

The committee has noted that of the 174 ratified posts for assistant professors and 67 others for professors, DU has not made a single appointment.

If there is no representation of OBCs in associate professor /professor grade in a premier and trendsetting university like DU, the circumstances in other universities and academic institutes throughout the country may well be concluded, the committee has examined.

An MP, who is a member of the parliamentary panel, said DU has notified the committee that many of its OBC posts were alter after the switchover of reservation roster in 2013, after which the university, and not its departments, was treated as a department.

In its draft report, the committee has said that in any such practice it is reasonable that some unreserved positions will become stocked but at the same time, they cannot take it as a logical justification for not filing any OBC posts prior to 2013 or since then for the above posts of associate professor/professor.

The committee has proposed that DU should now fill up all its sanctioned posts for OBCs in the degrees of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor in a stipulated time frame.

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It also wants the filling of empty OBC posts to be regulated at the highest level of the University Grants Commission and the Ministry of Human Resource Development.

Media tried to reach Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi via phone calls and text messages for a statement but failed to obtain any response till the publication of this summary.

Glaring gaps between advertised  OBC post and vacancies 

The committee has also identified glaring gaps in the number of OBC posts for professors, associate professors, and assistant professors that DU has publicized against the number of their spaces.

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For instance, the committee noted, DU had advertised for only 45 posts of lecturers in the OBC category while there were 67 vacancies last year.

Of the 174 existing vacancies for the post of associate professor, only 116 OBC vacancies have been advertised, it reported.

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