SC refuses to stay govt directive in appointment of lecturers

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New Delhi, Jul 8 (UNI) The Supreme Court today declined to stay the operation of HRD Ministry directive to provide reservation to SC, ST and OBCs in the recruitment of professors, associate professors and lecturers.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices P Sathasivam and J M Panchal, however, issued notices to the HRD Ministry, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Central government on a petition filed by Citizens for Equality challenging the circular issued by the government.

The Ministry had issued two circulars, one in 2006 for providing quota to SC, STs in the recruitment of professors and associate professors. Later it issued another circular for providing reservation to OBCs in the recruitment of lecturers.

Senior counsel K K Venugopal, appearing for the petitioner, contended before the court that the two impugned directive of the Central government violated the principle of equality and the government cannot be allowed to issue executive orders in violation of the provisions of the Constitution of India.

According to the petitioners, recruitment at higher levels should be based purely on merit and such politically motivated quota policy adversely affects the efficiency of administration as well as the quality of education which is imparted by those being appointed on the basis of caste ignoring the merit.

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