December 8, 2010 1:28:36 am
The Delhi High Court has upheld the University Grants Commissions policy that makes it mandatory for an aspiring lecturer to qualify the National Eligibility Test (NET). In other words,an MPhil or a PhD degree will no longer be sufficient to secure a job in the academic field in colleges.
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Manmohan has said the test is essential to maintain quality in higher education.
The results of exams conducted by various examination bodies vary from university to university and they are,therefore,neither reliable nor comparable. Consequently,to attain the objective of (a) common national yardstick in terms of qualification for every candidate who aspires to be a lecturer and (so) that the quality of higher education is maintained at the highest level,the impugned Regulations 2009 were issued by the UGC, the High Court said.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by the All India Researchers Coordination Committee challenging the regulation changing the eligibility conditions for the post of lecturers.
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