The Union Cabinet has approved an ordinance to restore an earlier mechanism for reservation in teaching posts at colleges and universities. The ordinance will bring back a 200-point roster that defines college or university as the unit for faculty reservation,rather than a department or subject.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) had announced in February 2019 that a 13-point roster would be followed. Accordingly, individual department would be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for SC and STs candidates.It was framed after an order by the Allahabad High Court
The Allahabad High Court had ruled that the reservation for the Scheduled Castes (SCs),Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Castes (OBCs) for faculty positions in state universities should be implemented in such a manner that each department of a university has to be considered as a unit.
Prior to that Order, the reservation in universities was implemented by considering the whole university as a single unit.The order was seen as a major setback as once the department wise reservation would have led to decline in SC, ST representation.