Plea in Supreme Court alleges all 23 IITs violating Govt directive to implement reservation in faculty recruitment, research degree admissions

A plea has been filed before the Supreme Court alleging that all 23 Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) are violating reservation policy that provides reservation to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe communities and Other Backward Castes in granting admission to research degree programs and recruitment of faculty.

The plea which has been filed by a well-known geothermal energy researcher, Dr Sachchida Nand Pandey has argued that the method of taking admissions in the research program and appointment of faculty members by all the IITs is unconstitutional.

In June 2008, the Central authorities wrote to IIT Directors (Kharagpur, Madras, Bombay, Kanpur, Roorkee and Guwahati) to enforce the reservation for SC, ST and OBC classes in requirement to teaching post at assistant professor level in science and technology and at all levels in humanities and management department.

In November 2019, Government of India prolonged reservation to all posts in all streams including technical for faculty position.

However, it has been contended in the petition that the IITs are violating the reservation policy.

The petition highlighted that there is less representation of faculty members from the northern, central and Hindi speaking states. It was also mentioned that IITs are not following transparent process of recruitment which allows non-deserving candidates to enter into the IITs through contacts.

This has increased the chances of corruption and discrimination which creates huge effects on the internal ranking, technological growth and technological backwardness of country.

The petition stated that IITs never reveal the standards set by them for recruitment.

The petitioner argued that IIT are also in violation of reservation norms for admission to the research degree programs.

The petitioner has sought a direction to all IITs to implement the reservation policy in the admission to research degree programs and recruitment of faculty.

The petitioner has sought directions to create a mechanism for resolving the students problems and for addressing harassment complaints.

The petitioner has also asked the Court to issue a direction to all IITs to constitute a committee of technical experts to review the performances of existing faculty and cancel the appointment of non-performing of faculty.

The petitioner has further sought formulation of a transparent recruitment policy.

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