The National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) conducted a public hearing at the University of Hyderabad (UoH) on Thursday, November 12 to discuss various issues related to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) in higher education. The NCBC member Achary Thalloju and legal advisor to the commission Ramesh Vishwanathula attended the hearing which was held in response to the complaints raised by the All India OBC Students Association (AIOBCSA).
Kiran Kumar Gowd, president of the AIOBCSA and a PhD scholar at the UoH, said, “The NCBC’s open hearing on implementation of OBC reservations in the UoH is the first of its kind in addressing the concerns of OBC teaching and non-teaching staff as well as students. Issues such as violation of reservations in PhD and MPhil admissions, faculty recruitment, promotions, and roster points were discussed. We expect that UoH admin will address the issues pertaining to PhD and MPhil admissions immediately and other policy-level decisions by University Grants Commission and concerned ministries will also be taken.”
The AIOBCSA presented a letter to Thalloju listing various issues that required urgent attention of the NCBC. The letter alleges that the central universities are leaving many teaching posts allotted to the OBCs vacant giving the remark ‘none found suitable’. Gowd had filed a Right to Information (RTI) application earlier this year that revealed that there is a huge mismatch in posts sanctioned and the teachers actually recruited by the central universities.
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The letter also says that in MPhil and PhD admissions even after Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBC candidates clear entrance exams, they are rejected in the interview round with the remark ‘not recommended’ and the seats are kept vacant citing ‘no suitable candidates found’. The letter states that it is a discriminatory practice that is creating hurdles for marginalised, poor and rural aspirants. “We will continue our struggle till all our demands are met,” said Gowd.
You can read the AIOBCSA’s letter to the NCBC below.All-India-OBC-Students-Association-letter-to-NCBC