SC rejects Calicut University’s reservation policy, junks appeal

By B Balagopal/Mathrubhumi News

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected the reservation policy followed by Calicut University in the appointment of assistant professors. A bench comprising Justices Hrishikesh Roy and Manoj Mishra dismissed the petition filed by the university, upholding the Kerala High Court verdict.

The Kerala High Court found that the reservation policy for differently-abled persons was flawed. It was observed that the incorrect calculation of roster points for differently-abled reservation resulted in eligible candidates from backward classes being deprived of opportunities. The High Court's verdict was based on a petition filed by Dr KP Anupama.

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The Supreme Court, citing the Indra Sawhney judgement, noted that the university's policy of awarding roster points was in violation of the prescribed guidelines.

As a result of the Supreme Court's verdict, the university will be required to issue an appointment order to Anupama. It was alleged that out of the 53 assistant professors appointed last year, 29 were wrongly appointed due to reservation discrepancies. Several cases filed by affected candidates are currently pending in court. This ruling is likely to have implications for those cases as well.

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