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EFL University Students To Challenge New NET Criteria

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EFL University Students To Challenge New NET CriteriaStudents from English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) on Sunday said they would approach court against UGC guidelines on National Eligibility Test (NET). While as total of 28,000 students appeared for the NET examination from Osmania University centre on Sunday, the protesting students said the new eligibility terms of NET are in violation to the Keral High Court order passed on 17 December 2012.

In its order, the Kerala HC had clearly stated that NET was only an eligibility test and not a competitive examination. The exam is only meant to test whether the candidates are qualified to teach or do research. “However, by deciding to grant NET certificates to only the top 15% candidates, UGC is denying an opportunity to others,” said Mohan Dharavath the leader of protesting students from EFL University.

Dharavath said that the new eligibility terms set by UGC would do more harm than good. “Those candidates who had secured NET in the past would appear for the examination to get grants under Junior Research Fellowship (JRF). Such candidates are likely to figure in the top 15% of the merit list over and over again denying opportunity to others,” said Dharavat.

A PIL challenging the new procedure and criteria for the NET will be filed in a month, Dharavath said.

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