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UGC | UGC ready to change rules related to SC and ST students in universities, formed expert committee Presswire18 (News)

New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) is all set to change its rules regarding students belonging to Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and minority communities studying in higher educational institutions and has set up a committee to look into the details of these students. suggest remedial steps to prevent discrimination from The officers provided this information.

The move comes after the Supreme Court last month termed the death of students from underprivileged communities in higher educational institutions as a “sensitive issue” that needed “out-of-the-box thinking”. A senior UGC official said, “To bring changes in UGC rules and schemes related to SC, ST, Other Backward Classes (OBC), PWD and minority communities in higher educational institutions and for SC and ST students in universities and colleges.” An expert committee has been constituted to take remedial steps to ensure a non-discriminatory environment.”

The commission had issued the UGC (Promoting Equality in Higher Educational Institutions) Rules in 2012. These rules provide for non-discrimination of any student belonging to SC and ST community in the matter of admission in all higher educational institutions. It also has a provision to prevent harassment of any student in these institutions on grounds of caste, creed, religion, language, gender or physical disability and to punish the people and authorities who do so.

In April this year, the UGC had made it mandatory to appoint SC, ST, OBC and women representatives as chairpersons or members of student grievance redressal committees. Cases of suicides by students belonging to SC and ST communities are raising concerns over alleged discrimination against these communities in higher educational institutions.

A Supreme Court bench of Justice AS Bopanna and Justice MM Sundaresh sought action taken by the UGC on a petition filed by the mothers of Rohith Vemula and Payal Tadvi, who committed suicide due to alleged caste-based discrimination in educational institutions. Details have been sought.(Agency)

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