As the reports spread about the NET exam facing temporary suspension this year various student organizations came forward to protest against the UGC and demanded the issue of the application forms for the exam which due July this year.
"It's very important to go to UGC and ask clarification about the NET-JRF exam of July, 2017. Every year lakhs of students appear for the NET-JRF exam. The UGC can't maintain silence on such crucial matter related with the academic career of students", AISA (All India Student Association) had said in a Facebook post.
Last week a report said that the UGC exam may face a temporary suspension this year for the first time in 33 years because the agency entrusted with conducting the exams bogged down by the other exams.
Fearing the possibility of getting the exam cancelled, students staged a protest in front of UGC and submitted a memorandum.
"We have learnt that the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has expressed its inability to conduct NET this July. The UGC has also remained mute. The move cannot be seen in isolation but as part of recent attacks on research and higher education in the country," said a statement issued by AISA.
"Thousands of aspirants, who are waiting for CBSE UGC NET notification, are tiresome and mentally exhausted. CBSE should understand the jittery situation and announce tentative timeline for notification and announcement of January 2017 session results too", said Students Islamic Organisation (SIO) President, Nahas Mala.
"Shortage of faculty has been a big hurdle in ensuring quality education, the availability of adequate and qualified faculty is pre requisite for quality education. In a recently concluded parliamentary session, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar had said that majority of vacancies in Universities would be filled up this year. In such a circumstance, delaying or suspending exams may lead to annoyance among student community", he added.