The Central Board of Secondary Education has announced the holding of National Eligibility Test (NET) on 28th June 2015 (Sunday) which would determine eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellow & Eligibility for Assistant Professor both in Indian Universities and colleges as organized by UGC .
It will be conducted in 89 cities for 84 subjects in selected NET examination sites around the country. Those candidates qualifying as the Junior Research Fellow after passing the examination will be allowed to pursue research on their desired subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject as well as qualify as Assistant Professors. The selection of the Junior Research Fellow would be granted in the hands of the universities, institutions, IITs and national organisations in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them allowing the Junior Research Fellow as awardees conducting whole time research work. However the candidates only qualifying for Assistant Professor will not be considered for the award of Junior Research Fellow.
The Supreme Court verdict makes the NET or SLET examinations compulsory to seek entry into the academic research filed and the decision has been welcomed by the academics. The regulation says that a candidate passing the NET or SLET having a master’s degree would qualify for the interview to the post of assistant professor. But it also makes allowance for candidates holding a PhD who could be exempted from this. The judgement exempted those candidates having a PhD degree before December 31, 2009. S Swaminathan, president of NET SLET Association, said, “The number of people who have passed NET and SLET are few, but even these have not been hired by government and government aided institutions.”
This puts the mandatory clause of passing NET in a dubious position which provides no guarantee to candidates even after passing a tough examination and being among the selected few.