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Only 9 OBC Professors Appointed In Central Universities Across India

As per the latest University Grants Commission (UGC) data, a total of 9 OBC professors have been found teaching in the central universities across India. While a total of 313 professor-level posts have been sanctioned for OBCs.

In the Central Universities across India, there are a total of 313 professor-level posts. These posts are being authorized for the applicants belonging to Other Backward Classes (OBCs). But recently it has been found that appointments of OBC professor for the professor-level post have only been made for 2.8 percent of the total posts as of August 2020.

As per the latest University Grants Commission (UGC) data, a total of 9 OBC professors have been found teaching in the central universities across India. Therefore, the remaining 304 professor-level posts sanctioned for the OBC candidates are lying vacant under the quota.

The UGC data also shows that several universities including Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Delhi University (DU), Banaras Hindu University (BHU), and Allahabad University, among others, had not appointed a single OBC professor under this quota as of 1st January 2020.

However, appointments made for associate professor level posts the situation is slightly better as compared to the appointments made for the professor-level posts. For the associate-level professor posts total of 735 posts were sanctioned for OBC candidates. Out of 735 posts, 38 are filled. This indicates that 5.17 percent of the associate-level professor posts are filled across the central universities of the nation.

OBCs At Assistant-Professors level Posts

At the assistant -professor level posts OBCs have a better portrayal. Almost 60 percent of the authorized seats for OBC candidates have been filled at this level. Against 2,232 authorized posts for assistant-level posts, 1,327 posts have been filled.

The circumstance became visible when the Center is looking forward to changing the definition of the “creamy layer” in OBC reservation by including salary as a segment to decide the income roof. The move has been opposed by a few OBC MPs from the BJP, other than the National Backward Classes Commission (NCBC).

Both OBC MPs and the NCBC are of the view that changing the “creamy layer” definition in this style would further reduce the minimal representation of OBCs in government organizations.

An NCBC official conferred “While we are collecting data from the government, it has been known to us that universities do everything to circumvent OBC reservation…This has been the case for many years, but nothing is done”.

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