High Court pulls up 5 DU colleges

Get four weeks to comply with orders

The Delhi High Court has asked five Delhi University colleges to put the rosters of appointments of teachers under the physically handicapped (PH) category in public domain.

 Institute of Home Economics, Jesus & Mary College, Lady Irwin College, Sri Guru Gobind Singh College of Commerce and Sri Venkateshwara College have been asked to comply with the orders within four weeks.

None of these five colleges has identified seats under the three per cent quota reserved for the PH candidates, tells a teacher from the same category.

The order further directed DU to send the names of defaulting colleges to University Grants Commission (UGC) to stop their Grants. “The University may serve a last notice to these colleges to show compliance failing which the University should forward the names of these colleges to the UGC for appropriate action of stopping the grant. The order should be complied within four weeks,” said the order, announced last week.

Members of Sambhavana, a teachers’ forum fighting a legal battle since 2006 for implementation of the PH reservation in teaching and non-teaching posts said the reservation is accepted only on paper and not implemented in reality.

“We focussed on implementation of roster which is the key to implement the reservation and bring out transparency. In 2007, we got a stay order from the court according to which all appointments will be held until all colleges and departments don’t exhaust the disabled quota’s backlog.

Till date, around 160 people with disabilities have been appointed against PH quota. Despite all this, it seems that the DU officials and Colleges are not serious in implementing reservation,” said Nikhil Jain, a member of the forum who teaches political science at Dyal Singh College.

The university added that it will examine the monitoring committee for PH category appointments “so that it can be made more effective and whether one of its members can give exclusive time to this committee so that the implementation is complete,” said DU’s counsel.

As per a PH category teacher from a south campus college, blame game is taking
place between colleges and the varsity.

“Officials from the office where recruitment advertisement and other related process are decided tell us that even after sending all the required papers, the university has not given its go ahead. Colleges cannot start the process of hiring PH candidates unless the varsity gives its approval,” he said.

However, a senior official said that DU has been urging colleges to adhere to three per cent quota for PH category students, teachers and non teaching members but the colleges are not complying with the varsity’s directions.

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