VC asked to appear in person on Jan 27
JAMMU, Jan 24: To investigate into the alleged violation of reservation policy and other safeguards for Scheduled Tribes by Central University of Jammu, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST) has summoned the CUJ Vice-Chancellor.
The Vice-Chancellor has been asked to appear in person for examination before Chairperson of the Commission at New Delhi on January 27 with full fact and all relevant original documents and the Action Taken Report pertaining to the case.
According to an official communiqué in this regard, Nand Kishore Sai – Chairperson, National Commission for Scheduled Tribes, has fixed a Sitting in the Commission at New Delhi on January 27, 2020 at 3 pm for investigation and action to be taken in the matter.
“Accordingly, you ( CUJ Vice-Chancellor) are requested to appear in person for examination before the Hon’ble Chairperson on the above scheduled date and time along with full fact and all relevant original records/documents/action taken report pertaining to the case,” read the Sitting Notice, having File number SK/6/2019/MHRD2/DEOTH/RU-III, dated 21-01-2020.
The notice also warns the Vice-Chancellor that in case he fails to attend the Sitting, the Commission will be at liberty to exercise the power of Civil Court under clause (8) of Article 338A of the Constitution of India for enforcing his attendance before the Commission.
As already reported by the Excelsior, the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes had earlier issued notice to CUJ following complaints of alleged violation of reservation policy and swapping of faculty positions reserved for the STs by the university. Issuing notice to the Vice-Chancellor CUJ and asking him to submit the information on the action taken on the allegations within 15 days, the National Commission for STs had announced inquiry into the matter.
In its reply to the Commission, the CUJ had claimed that the swapping was done because of heavy skewness of reserved vacancies in the Department of Animal Science and Wildlife (Zoology- having six reserved and total seven), Department of Mathematics (five reserved/total 7) and the Department of Physics and Astronomical Science (four reserved/7 total).
Even as the CUJ claimed that swapping was decided to bring a healthy mix of reserved and un-reserved vacancies in these departments without making any compromise on overall reservation, objections were filed by the complainant, namely Satish Kumar who alleged manipulating status of the Roster and thus causing a colossal damage to the interest of eligible ST candidates against various positions.
Taking cognizance of the point wise rebuttal to the university response, the National Commission for STs has now summoned the University Vice-Chancellor for cross questioning and also advised the petitioner to be present in the Sitting.
Pertinent to mention that the National Commission for Backward Classes and National Commission for Scheduled Castes have also initiated inquiry into purported violation of Reservation Rosters by the CUJ and the University Grants Commission has also taken cognizance of the same.
The university act of swapping reserved positions with un-reserved and vice-versa was exposed by the Excelsior in an exclusive news item ahead of the CUJ conducting interviews for various teaching positions against the Rolling Advertis-ement last year.