The Union Ministry of Education on Wednesday, July 20, in a written response, informed the Rajya Sabha that there are around 4,297 reserved category teaching positions vacant in the Central Universities across India.
Responding to a question raised by MP AA Rahim of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Dharmendra Pradhan, the Minister of Education said that there are 988 teaching posts lying vacant for the SC category, 576 posts for the ST category, 1761 for the OBC category, 628 for the EWS category and 344 from the Persons With Disability category.
“The data given exposes the Union Government’s dilution of the constitutionally mandated reservation and also shows the identity politics of the government in appointing a tribal woman as nothing but mere hollow appeasement,” said Rahim.
The CPI(M) MP had also raised a question regarding the number of posts for which the recruitment process was held but in which the candidates were not selected as they were declared “not suitable”. According to the response by the Education Minister, top Universities in the country like Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, the University of Hyderabad and Banaras Hindu University were among some of the institutions where the most number of candidates were declared “not suitable” for the posts.
By stating that the practice of declaring “none found suitable” for reserved category posts as casteist, Rahim said that the data shows the “anti-Dalit, anti-Adivasi and anti-OBC” outlook of the Union government. “The BJP government is brazenly breaching the Right to Reservation guaranteed by the constitution. The Government must immediately correct this violation and fill all the vacancies of teaching posts in Central Universities,” he added.