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National Eligibility Test For June/July Period Skipped, Next Exam on Nov 19

In the recent past, Central Board of Secondary Education, the body which conducts NET along with several other exams, expressed unwillingness and said a new system should be created to select assistant professors for universities. However, University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued a statement saying CBSE was convinced to hold NET exams this year.

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Updated:July 5, 2017, 8:26 PM IST
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National Eligibility Test For June/July Period Skipped, Next Exam on Nov 19
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New Delhi: The National Eligibility Test (NET), a qualifying exam for junior professorship in Indian universities, for June/July period has been skipped this year and will only be conducted in November, a source in Union ministry of human resources development said on Wednesday.

As soon as the news came out, hundreds of students moved out on the streets to protest against the move.

In the recent past, Central Board of Secondary Education, the body which conducts NET along with several other exams, expressed unwillingness and said a new system should be created to select assistant professors for universities. However, University Grants Commission (UGC) had issued a statement saying CBSE was convinced to hold NET exams this year.

After this, students started preparing for the June/July NET exam. On Wednesday, the news came as a setback to thousands of such students.

According to the latest notification, the next NET exam will be conducted on November 19.

“The June-July NET has been skipped. There is no clarity from the government if the exam will be conducted only once a year from now onwards. So far, it was a bi-annual exam. Also, the restrictive cap of 6% will drastically reduce the number of students who qualify NET,” said Sucheta De, national president, All India Students’ Association.

According to protesting university students, the additional secretary of UGC Pankaj Mittal said the organization was talking to the CBSE about whether NET will become bi-annual.
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