In a circular to all the vice-chancellors of universities, Rajnish Jain, secretary of UGC, has urged the officials & faculty members to desist from any act of discrimination against SC/ST students on grounds of their social origin.
He further directed higher educational institutions to develop a separate page on their website for lodging such complaints of caste discrimination by SC/ST students & also a complaint register in the office of the principal or registrar.
The universities & colleges also directed to constitute a committee to look into the discrimination complaints received from SC/ST/OBC students, teachers & non-teaching staff.
It also urged the varsities to send action taken report within 30 days.
Many professors said caste-based discrimination is still existing on many higher education campuses & welcome the move by the UGC.
“We welcome the move by the UGC & many staff members & students are facing such discrimination even now. The faculty members from particular group are being victimized by the dominant caste groups on the campuses,” said N Pasupathy, president of Association of University Teachers.
He also urged the commission to put checks & balances to prevent any possible misuse by the vested interests.