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UGC?s NET-waiver move triggers debate

THE UGC?s move to exempt candidates having PhD and MPhil degrees from appearing for the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) for the post of lecturers has triggered a debate amongst academicians, teachers and aspiring lecturers.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 01:16 IST

THE UGC’s move to exempt candidates having PhD and MPhil degrees from appearing for the mandatory National Eligibility Test (NET) for the post of lecturers has triggered a debate amongst academicians, teachers and aspiring lecturers.

Many reckon that the recommendation of the Balachandra Mung-erkar Committee will adversely affect the quality of higher education, while others who feel that NET did no good to boost the quality of teaching.

Prof Mohd Muzammil of LU’s Economics Department said, “I feel it is not a good move because nowadays PG and PhD degrees are available cheaply. Under these circumstances NET was an effective tool to screen candidates. UGC must do some rethinking.”

“Mind you, NET was just an eligibility test. To beat the test one really had to put in hard work. Thus, it was some kind of assurance that those who have qualified the NET are better in the lot. But now that the NET requirement has been removed it is bound to lower the quality of higher education,” the professor added.

Prof JV Vaisha-mpayan of the Applied Economics Department, LU, also held strongly opine on the issue. “It is a disappointing move that will spoil the system. The quality of higher education will suffer. For quality education, quality teacher is a must. This move of the UGC is unjustified,” he said.

Principal of the National PG College, SP Singh said that the UGC must do a rethink over the issue as it would adversely affect the entire system. “When the system was introduced some 15 years back, it was said that NET would improve the quality of teaching. But what prompted UGC to change its mind needs to be looked into,” he says.

First Published: May 18, 2006 01:16 IST