Hyderabad: The University Grants Commission released a public notice to clarify the change in qualifying criteria for the National Eligibility Test (NET) which will now be conducted annually starting from this year.
Battu Sathyanarayana, Osmania University Teachers Association president says, “The UGC should first check on the number of vacancies available for lecturers before reducing the percentage. Now that the exams will not be conducted bi-annually, the competition will also be higher and the number of qualified candidates will be far lesser than the vacancies.”
A senior official at NAAC confirms that the exam will be held only once a year as conducting the NET exam twice a year is a hectic process.
The circular also states that the number of candidates who qualify for the future NET examination is likely to increase. However students continue to worry.
“The UGC has decided to pick six per cent of appearing candidates as opposed to the top 15 per cent earlier. The statistics provided by UGC shows the pass percentage of NET exams that were conducted bi-annually. If it is to be conducted only once a year, how is it an increase?” asks Neethu Vinod, a student.