The National Eligibility Test (NET) may soon return as the basic eligibility criteria for appointment of teachers in the colleges and the universities.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) in June 2006 had exempted NET examination as eligibility criteria for M Phil and Ph D degree holders for appointment, following an amendment to the UGC guidelines.
The decision was based on the interim report of Balachandra Mungerkar committee report on NET examination.
Now, the same committee after deliberations in three zones ---- west, south and north --- with academicians, is considering reversal of its earlier recommendation. If that is done, the NET examination will remain a mandatory condition for appointment.
“We don’t want to dilute the quality of faculty in our educational institutions,” a committee member explained.
But, the NET examination may be restructured in a bid to increase the pool of eligible candidates for appointment in colleges and universities. “The examination needs restructuring as in the coming years there will be a huge demand of university and colleges teachers in wake of implementation of 27 per cent reservation,” the member said.
UGC has notified shortage of teachers to the tune of 25-30 per cent in number of universities including Central Universities.
On Thursday, Mungerkar, member Planning Commission, held deliberations in south campus of Delhi University with academicians from DU, Punjab University, Himachal Pradesh University and colleges from northern India.
“Majority of teachers were of the view that NET should continue to be the eligibility criteria,” said DPS Verma, who recently retired from the Delhi School of Economics.
The committee members were also apprised about the education mafia that has cropped up after the UGC’s decision. “Now, some universities are promising M Phil in four months. In Delhi alone, over 1,000 students have enrolled for M.Phil in a centre of one such university,” he said.
A committee member said that similar complaints have also been received from the other parts of the country. Suddenly, the enrolment in M Phil and Ph D courses has increased in universities with dubious record, he added.
The committee is expected to submit its report to the government in March after consultation with the academicians from Central India in Bhopal.
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