Less than 3 percent of all teaching faculties at the IITs across the country are from reserved categories. Out of 6,043 faculty members at the 23 IITs, 149 are from the Scheduled Castes (SC) and 21 from Scheduled Tribes (ST), the HRD Ministry informed the Lok Sabha.There are only 2.8% of the faculty members which come from the reserved categories.
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Responding to a question by Udit Raj, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said “Reservation in appointment of faculty in IITs is available only at entry level post of Assistant Professors and Lecturers in Science and Technology subjects. For faculty posts in subjects other than science and technology e.g. Humanities, Social Science and Management as well as non-faculty posts, reservation at standard rate of 15%, 7½ % and 27% for Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs) and Other Backward Classes (OBCs) respectively are fully applicable”.
Udit Raj, Chairman of the All India Confederation of SC/ST Organizations, is a BJP MP in Lok Sabha.There are 8,856 faculty positions at the premier engineering institutes, and reservations are only available for the entry-level posts of assistant professors and lecturers.
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Data, provided by the HRD ministry, shows IIT Dhanbad has the highest (35) SC/ST faculty members. IIT Mandi does not have even a single faculty member from the reserved categories. IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kanpur, IIT Madras and IIT Kharagpur have 5, 12, 3, 15 and 8 faculties from the reserved categories respectively.