The University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared that The PhD. holders from foreign universities will now get an exemption from National Eligibility Test (NET). The news gave huge relief to hundreds of students who have obtained a PhD from foreign universities.
The UGC notifications say, “Any foreign PhD Degree which is held equivalent by AIU by following its own procedure may also be treated valid for exemption from NET for appointment as Assistant Professor in Indian Universities and Colleges.” As per the notification the candidates are now eligible to apply for the post of Assistant Professor in higher education institutions in the country, without qualifying NET.
Earlier, teachers and different forums strongly opposed the proposal by saying that In order to strengthen the quality of higher education and recruitment of quality teachers, all aspirants for lectureship are supposed to pass a national qualifying exam. Such test removes disparities in standard of examination at master’s level between different universities.
NET is the national level exam for determining eligibility either for Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF) programmes or both in Indian universities and colleges.