Central Educational Institutions Bill 2019 cleared by Lok Sabha

Central Educational Institutions Bill 2019 cleared by Lok SabhaGiving a major push to the reforms in Education sector, making it inclusive and keeping in mind the aspirations of the people from different categories, Lok Sabha has cleared the Bill namely “The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Bill, 2019”.

Background :- The issue emerges from an April 2017 Allahabad High Court order, in which it said that for the purpose of reservation for Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes in universities, an individual department should be considered as the base unit to calculate the number of teaching posts to be reserved. The order was challenged in the Supreme Court, which upheld the HC order. A review petition filed by the HRD Ministry in February this year was also dismissed by the apex court.

Impact: This decision will:
  • The legislation would help fill about 8,000 existing vacancies in 41 central universities by direct recruitment in Teachers’ Cadre with 200 point roster. Ensure compliance of the Constitutional Provisions of Articles 14, 16 and 21.
  • Ensure full representation of Scheduled Castes/ Scheduled Tribes Socially and Educationally Backward Classes and Economically Weaker Sections in direct recruitment in teachers’ cadres.
  • Expected to improve the teaching standards in the higher educational institutions by attracting all eligible talented candidates belonging to SCs/STs/SEBCs/EWS.

The Bill will replace “The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers’ Cadre) Ordinance, 2019”. 

  • It will consider the University/ College as one unit restoring earlier reservation system based on 200 point roster. No longer will ‘Department / Subject’ be treated as one unit.
  • The unit for reservation of posts in direct recruitment in teachers’ cadre will be the University/Educational Institutions and not the Department.
  • It will address the long standing demands of persons belonging to SCs/STs/SEBCs and ensure their rights envisaged under the Constitution. It will also ensure providing of 10% reservation to EWS.

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