Supreme Court makes NET mandatory for lecturers

Published on April 19, 2015 08:05:02 AM
Overruling the HRD ministry's and UGC's exemption, Supreme Court has made clearing the UGC-NET entrance exam as the only eligibility condition for teaching in colleges and universities.

The apex court's decision will have huge impact on the fate of MPhil and PhD degree holders and lecturers in colleges and universities, who have been the beneficiaries of the NET-SET exemption, made in 2010, the apex Court has made clearing the NET and SET entrance tests as the minimum qualification for the appointment of assistant professors in universities and colleges.

A Supreme Court bench consisting justices T S Thakur and Rohinton Nariman made it clear that all lecturers have to qualify NET/SET to continue as lecturers in colleges and universities. The court has taken the decision, after dismissing appeals filed by MPhil/PhD degree holders and challenging the regulation by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

The supreme court has not upheld the regulations made by UGC, which earlier extended the exemption in minimum eligibility to candidates who were having either MPhil obtained on or before July 10, 2009 or PhD(on or before December 2009). As a result of these exemptions, many lecturers are working with out NET in colleges.