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The Court orders a reservation of 4% of PwDs in the teaching posts of the School of Urban Planning and Architecture

The complainant had alleged that the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) had not hired candidates for people with disabilities (PwDs) since 2008

The complainant had alleged that the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) had not hired candidates for people with disabilities (PwDs) since 2008

: Acting on a complaint from a visiting professor, the Court of Chief Commissioner for People with Disabilities (PwD) recently recommended that the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) fill its teaching positions and book 4% of jobs for people with disabilities. Disabilities.

Petitioner Vijay Garg, an SPA alumnus and visiting faculty member since 2005, had alleged that despite advertising Group A teaching positions on several occasions, no PwD candidate had been appointed by SPA since 2008. Mr. Garg, who is a person with 40% musculoskeletal disability, said he had been screened and interviewed for vacancies over the years, but was never appointed.

In its May 6 order, the court said it had no mandate to review anyone’s eligibility for office, so it would not interfere in the matter of the appointment of Mr Garg.

“With regard to the vacancies, it appears from the observations made by the Respondent [SPA] that since 2008, whenever the Respondent has conducted a recruitment process, vacancies have remained vacant, including positions that were reserved for divyangjan [PwD]…The Respondent must make every effort to fill advertised vacancies”Court of the Chief Commissioner for the Disabled

“With regard to the vacancies, it appears from the observations made by the Respondent [SPA] that since 2008, whenever the Respondent has conducted a recruitment process, vacancies have remained vacant, including positions that were reserved for divyangjan [PwD]. Maintaining vacancies is a step backwards. Respondent shall make every effort to fill advertised vacancies,” the order stated.

The court recommended that the SPA calculate the total number of Group A teaching vacancies, fill the backlog through a special recruitment campaign “providing reasonable accommodation and relaxation criteria”, and 4% reservation for disabled people.

According to the order, the SPA had indicated that in 2019-20 there were two vacancies for PwDs and one remained vacant. Mr. Garg said The Hindu Tuesday that the institute had filled a “relatively junior position” after moving to court. SPA argued that 31 of the 42 positions remained vacant during its 2008-2009 recruitment process; 33 of the 54 vacancies in 2012-2013 remained vacant; 39 of the 42 vacant positions in 2014-2015 were vacant, as were 13 of the 45 vacant positions in 2019-2020.

SPA Director Professor PSN Rao has yet to respond to questions.