It is widely known that overt and covert casteism exists in educational institutions. Children are often prevented from having mid-day meals prepared by a low-caste cook. The opposition by top JNU professors to the recruitment of SC/ST candidates for teaching faculty positions is coloured, to a degree, by the same bias. Pravin Khobragade, Raipur
The strict implementation of mandated, caste-based reservations in teaching posts in our universities/IITs/IIMs is the only way to rectify the abysmal biases that still govern life and education in most of our universities. Reservations are meant to empower the weaker sections. They are a means to ensure equal opportunities—to actually even out the production of merit. Dr Arya, ISM, Dhanbad
The strategic, clever marshalling and selective choice of facts on view—meant clearly to fit their prejudices—exposes the ‘confirmation bias’ of JNU professors. It’s a wonder it exists in such places—or is it? O.P. Suman, Delhi
Will Outlook tell us since when SC/ST reservations in faculty positions became a ‘constitutional measure’? Gaurav, Agra
We always knew this self-styled ‘radical intellectual’ crowd drawn from the upper castes would stand up for anything, given they would benefit from it. If reservations are implemented, how can they perpetuate the control of average intellect in the guise of merit? Thank you for exposing such dross in the famed jnu. Sathya Prakash Reddy, Hyderabad
An assistant professor should have a PhD, several years of research experience, and must have published articles in leading journals. Such a candidate, even if he/she is from an SC/ST background, cannot be considered ‘backward’, socially or educationally. So why should such posts be subject to any ‘reservation’? I am happy the JNU faculty have the courage to come out with their views. G. Natrajan, Hyderabad
The government should have a uniform policy for handling such obstructionists. It will not hurt to make an example of JNU by firing all those opposed to uplifting the SC/ST community. Amit Joshi, Pune
If appointments to teaching posts are caste/creed-based instead of knowledge-based, the quality of teaching in autonomous colleges—where the faculty is bound to no fixed syllabi or micro-supervision—can suffer severely. In US universities, teachers get permanent appointments as ‘tenure professors’ only after working as trial faculty on contract at various levels for 15 years. In India, lecturers get permanent appointments and become professors by automatic promotions. V. Seshadri, Chennai
The basic error in your argument is the assumption that JNU is a ‘world-class’, ‘premier’ university. It is simply a group of useless liberal-arts commies with huge egos. Avinash, Mumbai
These JNU profs and ex-profs seem to be a bunch of hypocrites. Almost all of them are Marxists/socialists of some variety. They do not seem to have any problem with reservations for SC/ST students. So why can’t they accept reservations in faculty? Vishwanath Rao, Bangalore
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