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It?s easy to slip out of NET

Never mind howls of protests from the academia, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has made the National Eligibility Test (NET) almost irrelevant in appointing teachers in colleges and universities with immediate effect.

india Updated: Jun 14, 2006 03:17 IST

Never mind howls of protests from the academia, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has made the National Eligibility Test (NET) almost irrelevant in appointing teachers in colleges and universities with immediate effect.

Under the new rules, Ph.D holders will not have to clear the NET to be eligible for teachers' posts in colleges and universities. The M.Phil holders will not require a NET qualification for a teaching job, except for post-graduate levels. Only Masters degree holders will require a NET seal for a teaching job at the undergraduate level.

The commission amended the regulations at its meeting on Sunday. "The changes will be in force from Monday and will be applicable for recruitment of teachers for the coming academic year," a senior UGC official told HT.

Asked about the rationale of the decision, the official said it was based on the recommendations of interim report of the B.L. Mungerkar committee forwarded by ministry of human resource development to the commission for consideration.

The committee, which is yet to submit its final report, had emphasised that a NET clearance should be a criterion for basic education and not for researchers.

Most academics disagree. D.P.S. Verma, who retired from Delhi School of Economics, term the UGC decision as disastrous. "NET was the only national level screening test to ensure quality of teachers in the country. In India, one can get a Ph.D or an M.Phil through dubious means. Appointment will become a new business in higher education," he said. Like Verma, many academics have written to the UGC opposing the move. Even within UGC, there is strong resistance to the move. "It will have an adverse impact on the quality of education," a senior official said.

In its defence, the UGC said a committee will be constituted to suggest ways to standardise and improve  research.