The Election Commission, under AK Joti as CEC, had come in for criticism after it delinked the announcement of polls in Himachal Pradesh from Gujarat and sent its opinion to the President in the office-of-profit case against AAP MLAs without holding oral hearings on the merits of the complaint.
On March 5, the higher education regulator had issued a notification announcing that the number of reserved faculty posts across universities and colleges shall be calculated department-wise and not based on the aggregate vacant posts in a university.
The complaint addressed to Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar includes as “documentary evidence” a photograph of the teachers, purportedly taken at an event in Ahmedabad that was attended by Congress president Rahul Gandhi last November.
The HRD Ministry, which approached the apex court last Thursday, will ask the UGC to communicate the development to all higher education institutions in a bid to nudge them to put their recruitment process on hold.
Under the old formula, at least 20 out of the 52 vacant positions at the Indira Gandhi National Tribal University in Madhya Pradesh would have been reserved for the SC, ST and OBC candidates, according to a top official.
Amid a standoff between the Bengal State Election Commission and BJP over the withdrawal of a notification that had extended the last date for nominations in panchayat polls, Indian Express explains an SEC’s role and powers.
The UGC order was based on the High Court verdict of April 2017 when, while hearing a case on teachers’ recruitment at Banaras Hindu University, it had said each department, rather than the entire university, should be treated as the “unit”.
The first draft of the IIM Bill had the HRD Minister as the head of the Coordination Forum, but this was dropped at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which wanted the body to be chaired by an eminent person.