Clearing NET is essential for those who want to start their careers as an Assistant Professor or get into research. NET is an exam which is held twice a year but, this year, the July round of the exam has been cancelled by the exam conducting authority and instead a single exam will be held in November.
There are some reports which suggest that NET will eventually be made into an annual exam and NET qualifications will be capped at six percent, there has been no such official announcement, statement or notification from UGC or CBSE.
A UGC source meanwhile said "No decision has been taken yet to make NET an annual exam. It is still being discussed. The July round had to be scrapped because the results of the previous NET exam were delayed due to a court case."
With the cancellation of NET this July students are more concerned about the future of the exam. Hemantika Singh, a research scholar form the Gender Studies department at Ambedkar University Delhi, was preparing hard to clear the exam this year.
“Our futures are linked to this exam. If I am not being given the chance to take the exam in July, I'd at least like to know why. I'd like to know if, we'll get more than one opportunity the next year and the coming years, but there is no clarity,” she said.
“The NET is not an easy exam to clear; it takes multiple efforts. If I took it in July, I would have got some practice, if nothing else. I need the fellowship to able to continue studying; my family won't support me for long,” said the student from Lucknow.