The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for candidates without a course work PhD (pre-2009) to have passed the National Eligibility Test (NET)/State-Level Eligibility Test (SLET) before applying for posts of lecturer in universities, colleges or other institutions.
Candidates who have been doing PhD since 2009 with course work - would no longer have to clear NET/SLET before applying for the posts. A copy of the UGC notification was sent to the Panjab University vice-chancellor on Tuesday by the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA).
In 2011, PU had taken up this matter in the senate, where it was decided that any candidate having a PhD, whether according to UGC regulations of 2009 or otherwise, shall be eligible for appointment as lecturers in the university and its affiliated colleges. NET/SLET was then not mandatory for university recruitment.
However, the new notification has again put a question mark on the way the university would fill vacant posts of lecturers. According to PUTA, the UGC's decision needs to be advertised to avoid legal complications at a later stage regarding university recruitments.
The university is presently facing more than 600 court cases regarding recruitments. Three PU advertisements about vacancies are appearing each contradicting the others due to changes in the eligibility criteria. In view of the latest guidelines, screening committees are largely recommending re-advertising of posts.