UGC, University Grants Commission issued a letter to colleges, universities to prevent caste-based discrimination. UGC urged faculty members and other officials not to engage in caste-based or community-based discrimination against students.
As in recent times, several cases of caste-based discrimination reported that UGC has issued a letter to prevent higher educational institutes from doing such things. Moreover, the commission states that officials should look into such instances more sensitively.
Premier institutes like IIT(Indian Institute of Technology), University Of Delhi(DU) were having caste-based remarks in recent times. In the country, many educational institutes are having casteist remarks, as per records. So, to eradicate such incidents, UGC took the step.
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WHAT IS IN UGC ISSUED LETTER TO VARSITIES?
Rajnish Jain, UGC Secretary issued a letter to all Vice-Chancellors. He stated that universities should abstain from any sort of caste-based discrimination against SC and ST students. Universities will circulate the letter to all constitute bodies and affiliated colleges to follow the directions.
Moreover, he asked universities, colleges to develop a portal on their website for reporting any caste-based discrimination by SC and ST students. Also, there should be a complaint register in the principal office for the same. Further, the commission said that universities may set up a committee to look into the complaints from SC, ST, OBC, teaching staff, and non-teaching staff.
The UGC also asked universities to provide information immediately, of the year 2020-21 on the University Activity Monitoring Portal (UAMP).
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