Itanagar, Aug 7: The Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) has demanded 80 per cent job reservation for Arunachalee candidates in appointment to teaching and non-teaching posts at the Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU) for direct recruitment as well as promotion.
In a representation to the vice-chancellor of the varsity, the students' body urged for immediate constitution of Scheduled Tribe Cell in the university in order to process the grievances and overall supervision of the implementation of reservation policy in appointment and admission.
The AAPSU also urged for early initiative by the University for effecting necessary amendments to its Act and Statutes for reservation in appointment to teaching and non-teaching posts and in admissions for locals.
The union further called for representation of Arunachalees in the bodies like syndicate, executive council, academic council and selection committees.
It added that if the Centre's reservation policy is implemented at RGU, the indigenous tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh will not be able to compete with the general category candidates and deprived of employment opportunity, besides availing higher studies.
The AAPSU stated that though the Centre had provided reservation in appointment in favour of STs at 7.5 per cent, the filling of vacancies as enforced now in the university was not enough.
The union felt that the same reservation policy being followed elsewhere in the country may not bring adequate representation for various tribal groups and therefore demanded for a special reservation provision in the institution.
The union also threatened to start democratic agitation if its grievances were not fulfilled within one month.