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SC/ST Cell

Introduction

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has given priority to the downtrodden students and staffs during IX plan period and given direction to all the universities to establish SC/ST Cell. The SC/ST Cell at Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, Pundibari, Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India, was constituted in the year 2014. After the establishment of the Cell in the university, it specifically concentrated on the welfare of the SC/ST students and staffs. The main aim of the Cell is to monitor the guidelines issued by the MHRD, the University Grants Commission and by the government of West Bengal from time to time. The Cell ensures the effective implementation of the reservation policies in the university admissions to students in various courses of studies, accommodation in the hostels, appointments to the teaching and non-teaching posts, and allotment of quarters, establishment of Book Bank in the university, and maintenance of roster register in the University.

SC/ST Welfare Committee

For effective implementation of policies and programmes of the reservation policy for the SC/ST in the University, an SC/ST Welfare Committee has also been constituted as under:
1. Dr. Nripendra Laskar Chairman
Associate Professor
Dept. of Agril. Entomology
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

2. Dr. Surajit Khalko Convenor
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Plant Pathology
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

3. Mr. Dipankar Pal Member
Deputy Registrar
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

4. Mr. Jyotirmoy Roy Member
Assistant Registrar-II
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

5. Mr.Sajal Kr. Burma Member
Superintendant (Technical)
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

6. Mr.Hirak Kr. Das Member
Superintendant (Technical)
Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya

OBJECTIVES:

According to the UGC Guidelines of 1988, the following are the objectives of the Cell:

• To implement the reservation policy for SCs/STs in the University; Collection of data regarding the implementation of the policies in respect of admissions, appointments to teaching and non-teaching positions in the University, and analysis of the data showing the trends and changes towards fulfilling the required quota.
• To take such follow up measures for achieving the objectives and targets laid down for the purpose by the Government of India, MHRD and the UGC.
• To implement, monitor continuously and evaluate the reservation policy in the University and plan measures for ensuring effective implementation of the policy and programmers of the Government of India.

FUNCTIONING OF SC/ST CELL:

• Circulation of GOI and Commission’s decisions and to collect regularly, on an annual basis, information regarding course-wise admissions to candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the University for different courses, in suitable forms prescribed, by a stipulated date, and to take follow up action, where required.
• Circulation of GOI orders and Commission’s decisions and to collect information in respect of appointment, training of these communities in teaching and non-teaching posts in the University and in suitable forms by a stipulated date and take follow up action where required.
• Collection of reports and information regarding the GOI orders on the various aspects of education, training and employment of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe candidates, for evolving new policies or modifying existing policy by the Commission.
• Analysis of information on admissions, education, training and employment of SCs and STs, and preparation of reports and digests for onward transmission to the Ministry of Human Resource Development/University Grants Commission and such other authorities as may be required.
• Dealing with representations received from Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes candidates regarding their admission, recruitment, promotion and other similar matters in Universities/Colleges.
• Monitor the working of the remedial coaching scheme.
• Function as a Grievances Redressal Cell for the grievances of SC/ST students and employees of the University and render them necessary help in solving their academic as well as administrative problems.
• Maintaining register for employment of SCs/STs in the University for the candidates belonging to SC/ST community for various posts in the university.

ACTIVITIES OF SC/ST CELL:

The SC/ST Cell was established in the University to co-ordinate with the University authorities in the implementation of the various policies and programmes launched by the Central Government, MHRD, UGC and State Government for the benefit of the SC/ST students, non teaching as well as teaching employees.
It also undertakes the activities to develop awareness among the SC/ST students, especially from the rural areas. The Cell also announce details of government scholarships and fellowships through circulars to the SC/ST students. The Cell concentrates on accommodation of men and women students in hostels, and the implementation of the rules of reservation in appointments.

THE SC/ST CELL IS MONITORING THE FOLLOWING ACTIVITIES OF THE UNIVERSITY:

• The SC/ST Cell is giving wide publicity through circulars to all the faculties and informs the students about the various scholarships and fellowships.
• The SC/ST Cell take up the problems of the SC/ST students and employees with the university authorities and has solved some of them amicably. The Cell, in the ultimate analysis, has been a user friendly counsellor to all SC/ST employees and students.
• The SC/ST Cell is also helping the SC/ST Research Scholars in getting the University Fellowship from the University and the Government.
• The Cell is implementing various schemes of the MHRD and University Grants Commission with the objective to improve the learning levels of Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe candidates to bring them up to the general level of the other communities.
• The University is providing statistical information periodically and promptly on all aspects to the Government of India and the State Government.
• The SC/ST Cell provides guidance to various University Committees in respect of promotions/recruitment for the latest rule position concerning SC/ST reservations.
• The Cell takes due care in establishing the Book Bank and Book Grants for the SC/ST students of the University. The Cell also advises the students to utilise the facilities of the Book Bank and to borrow books depending upon availability.

GRIEVANCE REDRESSAL:

The SC/ST students and Employees can approach the Convenor of the Cell for redressal of any of their grievance(s) regarding academic, administrative or social problems. The Convenor often meets the concerned students and staff to understand their problem and takes necessary action and/or renders them necessary advice/help to resolve the matter.
Procedure to file a complaint:
In case of any grievances a written complaint may be submitted to the Convenor, SC/ST Cell. Any student and employee (including contractual, casual and temporary) of Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya, can approach the Cell to (mail Id: scstubkv@gmail.com).

CONSTITUTIONAL SAFEGUARDS AND LEGISLATION FOR SCS/STS:

Constitutional Safeguards:
According to the Constitution of India, which resolved India into a sovereign socialist secular democratic republic, Right to Equality is a Fundamental Right that includes the right to equality before law; Prohibition of discrimination (Article 15); equality of opportunities in matters of public employment (Article 16). The Constitution further specifies that this will not prevent the state from making special provisions for women, Children, Scheduled castes, and Scheduled tribes. Article 17 declares abolition of untouchability, forbidding its practice in any form.
The Directive Principles of State Policy of the constitution include promotion of educational and economic interests of Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and other weaker sections (Article 46). The Hindu religious institutions of public character are thrown open to all classes and sections of Hindus (Article 25b). Any disability, liability, restriction of conditions with regard to access to shops, Public restaurants, hotels, and places of public entertainment or use of wells, tanks, bathing ghats, roads, and places of public resort maintained wholly or partly out of state funds or dedicated to the use of general Public are removed according to Article 15(2). Article 16 and 355 permit the states to make reservation for backward classes in public services in case of inadequate representation.
Tribal advisory councils and separate departments are set up in states to promote the welfare and safeguard the interests of the Tribals (Article 164 and 338 and Fifth Scheduled). Article 244 and Fifth and Sixth Schedules make special provision for administration and control of scheduled and tribal areas.
The Reservation Policy is a Constitutional device in the creation of a society of equals. It is an exception to the principle of equality, as the principle of equality operates within the equals and to equate equals, with unequals is to perpetuate inequality. Reservation for SCs and STs is founded upon the ideology of compensatory justice for their sufferings for ages for no fault of theirs. The quota of reservation has been decided by the Constitution in accordance with the percentage of the population of SCs and STs, being 15% and 7.5%, respectively.
Legislation:
The Protection of Civil Rights Act 1955 (earlier Untouchability Offences Act, 1955), which is in force since 1976, provides for penalties for preventing any person on grounds of untouchability, from enjoying the rights accruing on account of abolition of untouchability.
The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 specifies the offences which are considered as atrocities and provides for deterrent punishments of commission of the same. Comprehensive Rules prepared under this Act provide for relief and rehabilitation of the affected persons and envisage preventive measures.
By virtue of the Constitution (65th Amendment) Act of 1990, the Special Post under Article 338 of the Constitution has been substituted by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, mainly to investigate and monitor all matters relating to the safeguards to SCs/STs under the Constitution and laws.

SCHOLARSHIP SCHEMES: UNDER DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT SCHEMES

AN OVERVIEW:
Scholarship is a boon for students belonging to the weaker sections {specifically SCs/STs} of the society, who are unable to further their education for some reason or the other. It is an encouragement for students, who are talented, but do not have the means to study further. There are a variety of scholarships-merit-based, need-based, student-specific and career-specific.

Different Scholarship Schemes and their respective website links are tabulated below:

Scholarships and schemes under Government of West Bengal: Backward Classes Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal: http://www.anagrasarkalyan.gov.in

 

Scholarship: UGC, Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India:

Sl. No. Scholarship/Fellowship Name Website Link
1. Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for SC/ST Candidate http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
2.

 

Post-Graduate Indira Gandhi Scholarship for Single Girl Child http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
3.

 

Post-Graduate Merit Scholarship for University Rank Holder http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
4. Post Doctoral Fellowship to SC/ST Candidates http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
5. Post Graduate Scholarships for Professional Courses for SC/ST Candidates http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
6. Post Doctoral Fellowship to Women Candidates http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
7. Research Awards for the Teachers http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
8.

 

Raman Fellowship for Post-Doctoral Research for Indian Scholars in USA http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
9. Emeritus Fellowship http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
10. Junior Research Fellowship in Engineering & Technology http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes
 

11.

 

Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship for Students with Disabilities http://www.ugc.ac.in/ugc_schemes

Scholarship: Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India:

Sl.No Scholarship/Fellowship Name Website Link
1. Central Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students http://mhrd.gov.in/national_scholarships
2. Scheme for Scholarship to Students From Non-Hindi Speaking States for Post Metric Studies in Hindi http://mhrd.gov.in/national_scholarships

  

Scholarship: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India:

Sl.No Scholarship/Fellowship Name Website Link
1. Central Sector Scholarship Scheme of Top Class Education for SC Students (Circular of Top Class Education for SC Students http://socialjustice.nic.in/schemespro1.php
2. Self-Employment Scheme for Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers http://socialjustice.nic.in/schemespro1.php

 

Scholarship: For Indian students to study abroad:

Sl.No Scholarship/Fellowship Name Website Link
1. Commonwealth Scholarships http://mhrd.gov.in/National_Scholarships
2. National Overseas Scholarships for SC and ST Candidates. http://socialjustice.nic.in/schemespro1.php

Disclaimer: The details provided on the university website are based on prime website of that organization, hence, Uttar Banga Krishi Viswavidyalaya or any official of the university would not be responsible for any error or grant of scholarship; hence candidates are requested to visit the particular website for more details.