Pune: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has issued circular, which states that according to new criteria of National Eligibility Test (NET), 6 per cent candidates will pass the test from now. The NET exam is likely to be conducted annually from this year whereas earlier it was conducted twice a year. Earlier, the number of candidates qualifying UGC-NET Exam was 15 per cent of those candidates in each subject and category, who obtained the minimum required marks in paper I, paper II and paper III. The new notification has received a lot of resistance from NET aspirants.
“With the annual NET exam, we will be losing a second chance to take the exam in the same year. Earlier, in case one could not pass in the first attempt, a student had a chance to give another attempt . Now, a student will have to wait for another year. And now that they have reduced the qualifying criteria to 6 per cent, it gives a slim chance for candidates to achieve it,” said Sandip Mardhal, a second-year student of department of Hindi of Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), who is aspiring for Junior Fellowship (JRF).
Another aspirant, Satish Tandale, a masters student of department of English in SPPU said, “Already there is less employability in the country, by implementing such rules, they are reducing the chances of a student to clear exams and settle with a job. Due to reasons like parental pressure, financial constraints, no employment, students have to deal with mental pressure. This is just going to increase the problems.”
Education expert Vivek Velankar said, “Once a year, examination system will be a disadvantage for students or working professionals who manage between their regular activities and prepare for the NET exam. Twice a year exam would allow them to re-appear for it. However, this will definitely bring out best quality researchers and assistant professors.” Educationists have stated that by reducing the qualifying criteria to 6 per cent, it will extract the best candidate for assistant professor and JRF.
“The new amendment will raise the bar and distill the best out of all. Certainly, it will limit recruitments. But this scenario has been there earlier as well, as very few could qualify for NET. Now the chances are slimmer,” said Principal of Ferguson College, Ravindra Pardeshi. Dilip Sheth, Principal of Sir Parashurambhau (SP) College, has said that this will give way for eligible candidates to be assistant professors and procure jobs who haven’t got any so far.
“There are many qualified candidates who don’t have jobs. As very few assistant professors will be produced, it will give a chance to these candidates as well who have been looking for a job opportunity for years,” said Sheth.
Next exam schedule
The NET exam scheduled on July 6 was cancelled. It is notified that CBSE will conduct the next UGC-NET for Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) and eligibility for assistant professors on November 5, 2017. The aspirants can see the detailed notification available on the website http://cbsenet.nic.in from July 24. The online application will start from August 1 to 30. While fees can be paid till August 31.