UGC asks universities to postpone faculty-recruitment

University Grants Commission

New Delhi, July 19: The Union Grants Commission (UGC) on Thursday directed universities to postponed faculty-recruitment process till the Supreme Court pronounce its order on the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by the HRD Ministry against the Allahabad High Court verdict. 

Following the Central government direction, the commision issued the order to varsities.

“As you are aware, the SLPs have been filed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and the UGC in the case … in Supreme Court and same are slated for hearing tentatively on August 13, 2018.

“Hence, it would be appropriate if UGC issues a direction to all the institutions to postpone the recruitment process, if it is already underway, till further orders,” the government said in a letter addressed to the UGC Secretary.

Upholding the Allahabad High Court order, the top court in March this year had stipulated to the institutions to consider department as a unit while recruiting teachers, instead of the university as a unit in the mode before the judgement.

This led to a feeling of discontentment among a faction of teachers — and consequently resulted in the filing of SLPs by the government– who argued that department-wise recruitment will lead to undermining of chances of backward classes to get hired under reservation scheme.

The matter was scheduled to be heard on July 20 but was deferred to August 13 without hearing.


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