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The Impact of the 13-Point Roster: A Shift in University Faculty Recruitment and Reservation Policy

The academic community is abuzz with debate and concern following the Supreme Court's recent upholding of the 2017 Allahabad High Court ruling, which calls for the implementation of a 13-point roster in university faculty recruitment. This significant change, shifting from the previously used 200-point roster, has sparked protests and discussions about the potential impact on the representation of marginalized communities within universities.

What Is the 13-Point Roster?

The 13-point roster considers each academic department as a separate unit for applying reservation policies. This contrasts with the 200-point roster, where the university as a whole was treated as a single unit for determining reservations. Under the 13-point roster, the first, second, third, fifth, and sixth positions are unreserved, while the fourth is reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC), the seventh for Scheduled Castes (SC), the eighth for OBC, and the fourteenth for Scheduled Tribes (ST). This change dramatically alters how reserved positions are distributed across university departments.

How Does the 13-Point Roster Affect University Recruitment?

The 13-point roster significantly impacts the representation of marginalized groups in university faculty recruitment. Under the 200-point roster, reservations were applied at the university level, allowing for a more balanced distribution of reserved positions across departments. If there was a shortfall in one department, it could be compensated in another. However, the 13-point roster's focus on individual departments means that smaller departments may have no reserved positions, effectively reducing the overall representation of marginalized groups.

For example, in departments with fewer than 14 faculty positions, there would be no reserved positions for the ST community. In smaller departments, such as the Bengali department at Miranda House, where there are only a few positions, the opportunity for reserved candidates to secure a faculty role is significantly reduced.

The Impact on Marginalized Communities

The implementation of the 13-point roster has raised concerns about the long-term impact on marginalized communities. The potential reduction in reserved positions for SC, ST, and OBC faculty members could hinder efforts to diversify university faculties and provide role models for students from underprivileged backgrounds.

Furthermore, the 13-point roster poses a challenge for achieving the broader goal of social justice. It creates a system where reserved positions are more challenging to attain, reinforcing existing power structures and limiting the opportunity for change.

Academic Fraternity and Public Response

The academic community, along with students and activists, has been vocal in its opposition to the 13-point roster. Protests and demonstrations have taken place across India, with university teachers' unions such as JNUTA (Jawaharlal Nehru University Teachers' Association), DUTA (Delhi University Teachers' Association), and others leading the charge. These groups argue that the new roster system undermines the spirit of reservation guaranteed under the Indian Constitution and could erode decades of progress in promoting diversity and inclusion within academia.

Political Response and Future Actions

The government's response to the 13-point roster has been mixed. While there are discussions about filing a review petition or introducing an ordinance to address the issue, there has not been a clear resolution. Politicians like Rahul Gandhi have publicly supported the protests, urging the government to take corrective action.

As protests continue, the academic community and its allies are determined to maintain pressure on the government and the University Grants Commission (UGC) to restore the 200-point roster or implement an equitable system that does not disadvantage marginalized communities.


The 13-point roster has created a significant shift in university faculty recruitment, raising concerns about the representation of marginalized groups in academia. As protests and debates continue, the outcome of this issue will have lasting implications for diversity and social justice within India's higher education system. The academic community, along with supportive politicians and activists, is determined to ensure that the spirit of reservation and the fight for equality are not undermined.