In a resolute statement, the Ministry of Education (MoE) has made it clear that the de-reservation of reserved posts is strictly prohibited, aligning with the guidelines set forth by the University Grants Commission (UGC). The Education Ministry emphasizes its commitment to ensuring fairness in the filling of vacancies within educational institutions, abiding by the principles of the 2019 ACT.
Adherence to the 2019 ACT
The cornerstone of the Ministry’s directive lies in the unwavering adherence to the 2019 ACT, as it directs all educational institutions, particularly Central Educational Institutions (CEIs), to fill vacancies in the Teacher’s cadre through direct recruitment. This process is to be executed in accordance with the stipulations outlined in the Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Act, 2019.
No Past or Future De-reservation
UGC Chairperson M Jagadeesh Kumar, speaking on behalf of the Ministry, affirms that there has been no de-reservation of reserved category positions in CEIs in the past, and unequivocally states that there are no plans for such actions in the future. The primary objective is to focus on concerted efforts to fill backlog positions within the reserved category.
Circular on Reserved Vacancies
The Department of Personnel and Training’s circular provides clear guidelines, stipulating that vacancies reserved for Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), or Other Backward Classes (OBCs) must be filled exclusively by candidates from the respective categories.
De-reservation in Exceptional Cases
The circular, however, acknowledges the possibility of declaring a reserved vacancy as unreserved in rare and exceptional cases. It outlines a procedural approach wherein proposals for de-reservation in Group C or D positions should be routed through the Executive Council of the University. For Group A or B positions, the proposal is to be submitted to the Ministry of Education for necessary approval.