NEW DELHI: Each year, the number of NET aspirants see a jump as compared to the previous years. But stringent eligibility criteria dampen the spirits of the aspirants many a times. This recent news may bring some smiles on the faces of the aspirants now.
The candidates who have registered for MPhil or /PhD before July 11, 2009 will be exempted from NET exam to become eligible for the post of an assistant professor if they fulfil other conditions as decided by the UGC.
This practice would help a number of PhD holders affected by a UGC guideline that came into existence in 2009 making NET and PhD least eligibility criteria to apply for assistant professor in colleges and universities. This decision will assist in recruitments for several posts said HRD Minister Smriti Irani.
The certain conditions laid down are that their PhD degree should be awarded in consistent mode only and the assessment should be done by at least two external examiners. Other conditions include that open PhD viva of the candidate and there should be two research publications from his or her PhD work. The candidate should also have made at least two presentations in seminars.
UGC chairman Ved Prakash said that while there is a lack of faculty in institutions of higher education, this change will help in letting many candidates apply for teaching positions.
Smriti Irani also said that the matter linked to Academic Performance Indicator (API) score, on the basis of which teachers are granted preferment, will be carried out in public. She also thinks that the preferment of a teacher should be bounded with the class performance.
To answer a question related to NIT Srinagar, Irani said that her ministry's officers will halt there till exams are conducted. She said that those candidates who wanted postponement will also be facilitated.
About the decision to fly national flag prominently at university campuses, Smriti Irani said this resolution had passed by the VC's at a conference.