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Faculty Positions: Another Casteist Fort!

These shocking statistics collected by All India Backward Students’ Forum (AIBSF) via RTI say a lot. In the central universities the combined strength of SC/ST/OBC professors is merely 1.5 per cent. In all the other faculty positions, including reader, senior lecturer, lecturer, their numbers add up to only 12.2 per cent. Look at these figures closely. The number of professors appointed is more than the sanctioned posts. Why? In fact, it is only for the posts of lecturers that reservation is provided for the exploited sections. That is why upper-caste candidates are appointed as professors. There is no reservation for the posts of professor, reader and senior lecturer. The comparatively high number of senior lecturers (SL) from the deprived sections is perhaps because of promotion of the lecturers.

Central universities

  PROFESSOR READER
SL/SG LECTURER
OTHER TOTAL
Sanctioned Posts 1943 3744 7078 749 13514
Existing Strength 2563 2931 451 2327 580 8852
SC 25 79 30 422 12 568
ST 11 29 10 211 7 268
OBC 4 4 1 233 3 245
PH 6 7 0 30 2 45
Upper castes 252 2819 410 1461 558 7771
SC+ST+OBC
40 112 41 866 22 1081
% Strength of SC+ST+OBC 1.5 3.8 9 3.7 3.7 12.2

(RTI No- 6-4/2009, Central Universities, UGC, Dated- 7th Jan, 2011)

 

IIT Kanpur

Total sanctioned strength of faculty
406
Total existing strength of faculty 348
Total number of SC members 2
Total number of ST members 0
Total number of OBC members 0
Total number of Upper-Caste members 346
% of SC+ST+OBC members 0.5

 

Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Delhi

  PROFESSOR ASSOCIATE PROF ASSISTANT PROF
Total 6 6 1
SC 0 0 0
ST 0 0 1
OBC 0 0 0
General 6 6 0

 

Banaras Hindu University (BHU)

  PROFESSOR
READER
LECTURER
TOTAL
Sanctioned Posts 347 680 1368 2395
Existing Strength 635 555 300 1490
SC 0 0 83 83
ST 0 0 21 21
OBC 0 0 0 0
Upper castes 635 555 196 1386
SC+ST+OBC 0 0 104 104
% Strength of SC+ST+OBC 0 0 34 6.9

 

Delhi University

  PROFESSOR
READER
LECTURER
OTHER
TOTAL
Sanctioned Posts 307 654 691 50 1702
Existing Strength
124 296 349 23 792
SC 0 0 43 0 43
ST 0 0 15 0 15
OBC 0 0 10 0 10
PH 1 1 7 0 9
Upper Castes
124 296 271 23 724
SC+ST+OBC 0 0 68 0 68
% Strength of SC+ST+OBC
0 0 19 0 8

 

Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)

  PROFESSOR READER
LECTURER
SL/SG OTHER
TOTAL
Sanctioned Posts 165 287 271 5 728
Existing Strength 223 195 67 5 490
SC 6 8 13 4 0 31
ST 3 4 7 0 0 14
OBC 2 0 0 0 0 2
Upper castes 212 183 47 0 5 343(?)
SC+ST+OBC 11 12 20 4 0 47
% Strength of SC+ST+OBC 4.9 6.1 20 100 0 9.5

 

University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), Delhi

  PROFESSOR READER
LECTURER OTHER
TOTAL
Sanctioned Posts 29 40 115 112 296
Existing Strength 64 35 52 70 221
SC 0 1 8 5 14
ST 0 0 1 3 4
OBC 0 0 2 5 7
Upper Castes 64 34 41 57 196
SC+ST+OBC
0 1 11 13 25
% Strength of SC+ST+OBC 0 2.8 21 18 11

 

Figures obtained by All India Backward Students’ Forum via RTI

Published in the September 2011 issue of the FORWARD Press magazine