The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) has questioned the Delhi University Administration regarding the number of fellowships that have been offered to students of backward classes.
Delhi University has been asked to furnish the details on why seats reserved for OBC students had not been filled since 2007. The commission also asked the varsity as to how many professors in the category were employed, and why reservation for students of the said category was not being provided in hostels.
Following numerous grievances, the National Commission for Other Backward Classes (NCBC) visited the Delhi University campus on 21 December to meet with students and faculty, with the members of the commission, vice-chancellor of DU, and officials from the University Grants Commission.
The commission, in its recommendations, told Delhi University to absorb ad-hoc professors from SC, ST, and OBC community who have been teaching for six years or more.
A special drive must be run in order to absorb the ad hoc professors of SC, ST, OBC, etc. by running a special drive,The NCBC
Replying to the commission’s recommendation, a DU official said,
It is difficult to absorb ad hoc professors and we will have to look into the legality of the process. The commission has also asked us to put the guest faculty on the roster.
Some of the other recommendations included setting up of an OBC grievance cell in the university and colleges to ensure that the problems of students and professors are addressed; liaison officers in colleges be appointed on the basis of seniority to ensure transparency and fairness of process; and representation of the OBC community with a member in the governing council.
There should be a provision for representation for OBC, SC, ST, EWS in the committees formed at the level of the academic council, executive council, and at the university level, the NCBC said.
The commission also suggested that the problems of the OBC students who had been asked to pay extra for allotment of college should be addressed.
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