NET gain for teachers
THE University Grants Commission on Tuesday announced relaxation of rules for appointment of teachers in higher education institutions. But it was not clear from when the new rules would become applicable.Updated: May 17, 2006 12:59 IST
THE University Grants Commission on Tuesday announced relaxation of rules for appointment of teachers in higher education institutions. But it was not clear from when the new rules would become applicable.
The UGC has decided that Ph.D holders will not require National Eligibility Test (NET) qualification for appointment in PG educational institutes. Also, M.Phil holders be exempted from NET criteria for appointment as lecturers for undergraduate courses. Only those who have done their masters will have to clear NET if they want a teaching job in undergraduate courses.
UGC chairperson professor S.K. Thorat said the Commission had accepted the recommendations of the Balachandra Mungerkar Committee, constituted to review the NET examination. “The HRD Ministry recommended the changes and we approved it. We will be able to say more only when a detailed report on NET examination is submitted,” Prof Thorat said.
Mungerkar had submitted his preliminary report in March to the ministry with just two recommendations, which were forwarded to UGC for necessary action. Repeated attempts to seek logic for exemption from the country’s only screening test for teaching posts failed as Prof Thorat refused to elaborate. “Let’s wait for the final report,” he said.
Though the announcement came, no one knows from when the changes will be enforced. “I can’t tell you at this moment,” Prof Thorat said.
The Commission also announced six new scholarships — three each in sciences and humanities and social sciences. There will be 1,500 junior research fellowships in each in the two streams.
It has also decided that NET will not be an eligibility requirement any more. “We will announce the criteria soon,” Thorat said.
Furthermore, there will be 500 post-doctoral fellowships and 100 scholarships for research scientists in both the streams. Add to that financial support programmes for academic associations in science and humanities to organise academic conferences on various issues related to higher education.
Prof Thorat also said the Commission had taken steps to improve the financial accountability of universities and colleges taking funds from the it.
Civil services exam: Retest in one subject
Civil service aspirants who opted for public administration in the preliminary exams last Sunday will have to re-appear in the optional paper on May 18. In a move aimed at maintaining the integrity of its examinations as well as its own credibility, the UPSC on Tuesday announced cancellation of the civil services preliminary exam for the optional subject “Public Administration”.
The decision was taken after a “discrepancy” was reported in the number of question papers received at an exam centre.
First Published: May 17, 2006 12:59 IST