PUDUCHERRY: Pondicherry University need not approach the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) for reservation of 25 percent seats in all courses in the University for the students of Puducherry, said M Ramadass, former Lok Sabha member and former Director of Studies, Pondicherry University
Since Pondicherry University is an autonomous institution, the decision making power in this regard rests with the University and neither the University nor the Government of Puducherry need to approach MHRD for reservation of seats, as stated by the Chief Minister in the Assembly, he said in a statement.
The University was established in 1986. When the reservation policy was introduced in 1997 to 8 courses, it was not referred to MHRD. Citing this precedent, Ramadass said the Vice Chancellor can easily implement this policy.
Today, the reservation is extended to 18 courses and 44 remaining courses which are more prestigious and job oriented and which are not covered by the reservation principle.
A three member committee of the University constituted for the purpose under Ramadass’s chairmanship had recommended extension of 25 percent reservation to 44 courses and this was placed before the academic council for ratification.
On June 25, 2014, the sub-committee approved the policy and it was supposed to have been enforced from this academic year.
M Ramadass opines that Pondicherry University being a central university, MHRD may not ratify the decision . If it does approve and ratify the decision, then it has to do so for all central universities in the country for which there is no provision.
Besides, there is no written agreement or any Memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the government and the university with regard to reservation of seats, he said .
The government should therefore exert pressure on the Vice Chancellor to implement the existing policy rather than approach MHRD.
Even jobs to 274 families who have provided land to the university can be granted without referring the matter to MHRD. Passing legislation in the assembly would not be binding on the central university, M Ramadass said.