HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said if the Supreme Court rejects its review petition on reservation mechanism for faculties in universities, it will bring an ordinance or a Bill. He said that a study was conducted on how department-wise reservations to faculties will affect SC, ST and OBCs in 30 universities. The SP and BSP had protested against the bill in the House. After its Special Leave Petition on faculty reservation mechanism for universities was rejected by the Supreme Court, he said that the government will file a review petition in the apex court in this regard.
The government said the Bill was to protect the interest of scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and OBC. According to an IANS report, following an order by the Allahabad High Court in April in 2017, the UGC had announced in March 2018 that individual departments be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
As several opposition members gave notices seeking setting aside the business of the day to take up the issue of the reservation for faculties in universities, this was the response that came from the government.