Net set exemption
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Description: The exemption from state and national eligibility tests (NET/SET) granted in February by the University Grants Commission to 1,269 teachers in colleges under the University of Pune might be cancelled,
The exemption from state and national eligibility tests (NET/SET) granted in February by the University Grants Commission to 1,269 teachers in colleges under the University of Pune might be cancelled, according to UGC chairman Sukhdev Thorat. This means they stand to lose their jobs if they do not clear NET/SET in the next 24 months.
Thorat, on a visit to the city, said, "As per the March 30 notification of the HRD Ministry, exemption will be only for teachers who have obtained PhD in accordance with the new UGC guidelines." The UoP had on April 21 come up with a circular saying these 1,269 teachers are exempted from NET/SET by the UGC. The circular mentioned the government would decide service conditions and the varsity would not be responsible.
Most of the 1,269 teachers do not possess PhD. As per the rule, they have to clear NET/SET in four attempts by December 31, 2011. The UoP had pursued the case of 1,381 teachers for exemption. Considering the 1,381 case by case, UGC, had in February decided to exempt 1,269. However, the HRD notification on March 30 barred the UGC from doing so. The Ministry, in the notification, described the decision as contrary to the national policy and urged the UGC not to implement it. It also cited that in accordance with standards prescribed by the UGC under the M.Phil/ PhD regulations, 2009, those having obtained a PhD degree were deemed exempted.
On the fate of teachers exempted from NET/SET, Thorat said, "Only those who have obtained PhD as per new UGC guidelines will be exempted, not others. The commission will meet on May 4 after which it will convey the new rules to the universities," he said.
On the proposed bifurcation of universities including UoP, he said the UGC had written to the state government. "It is part of the national policy. As many universities are overburdened with affiliated colleges, we suggested bifurcating such varsities," he said.