NEW DELHI :
Amid rising cases of discrimination at some top institutions, and caste becoming a politically sensitive issue before elections in states such as Uttar Pradesh next year, the education regulator has asked colleges and universities to stop caste-based mistreatment on a priority.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked institutions to act against officials and faculties involved in such actions promptly. Among other directives, UGC has also asked them to develop a dedicated platform for online complaints and set up a separate committee to deal with the situation. In addition, the higher education regulator has urged the institutions and universities to provide regular updates.
The move comes after education ministry’s announcement to fill up caste-based vacancies on a priority at central universities and is being seen by academicians as a concerted move to address discrimination as well as deal with political ramifications ahead of crucial state elections.
“The officials or faculty members should desist from any act of discrimination against scheduled caste (SC) and scheduled tribe (ST) students on grounds of their social origin. The university and colleges should ensure that no official, faculty members indulge in any kind of discrimination against any community or category of students,” UGC said in a letter to higher educational institutions.