OBC quota benefits for the Professor and Associate Professor posts has been scrapped by the University Grants Commission (UGC). According to the new rule formed by the commission, 27 per cent OBC reservation in teaching positions will be applicable for the level of Assistant Professor only. The OBC quota benefits for the Professor and Associate Professor posts has been scrapped by the University Grants Commission (UGC).
Attacking the Union HRD ministry over UGC’s June 3 letter to Central Universities, Prasad claimed that it was an attempt by “casteist force of RSS to play with constitutional provision of reservation for OBC.” “Whom do you want to benefit by stealing reservation of OBC?” he asked. In a letter on June 3, the UGC had written to all central universities to implement the reservation policy as per norms. This prompted Prasad to launch an attack on the NDA government claiming it was trying to undo reservation. The RJD chief claimed that according to government data more than 60 per cent seats of SC/ST/OBC quota for professors are lying vacant. However, a senior UGC official in Delhi clarified that as per the norms established in 2007, 27 per cent reservation for OBC candidates in faculty jobs has been allowed at entry level and emphasised, "There has been no change in reservation policy."