Congress president Rahul Gandhi on February 3 alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has denied employment opportunities in universities to deprived sections, as his mantra is their exit from the mainstream and development of “industrialist friends”.
Gandhi attacked the prime minister citing a media report which claimed that the recent Supreme Court go-ahead for reserving university faculty positions for candidates from Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes at the department level may reduce the posts available to them by 25 percent to even up to 100 percent.
“First, Modiji snatched educational opportunities from the deprived section of people by reducing seats. Stopped scholarships. Attacked youngsters like Rohit Vemula,” Gandhi tweeted.
Now, through the 13-point roster, employment opportunities for them in universities have also been ended, he alleged.
“He (Modi) has one mantra: Exit of the deprived sections from the mainstream. Development of industrialist friends,” Gandhi alleged.
Following an Allahabad High Court order – upheld by the Supreme Court – the University Grants Commission (UGC) had last year announced a new mechanism for implementing faculty reservations, which is calculating total posts department-wise rather than institution-wise.