New Delhi: Reports that the Central Board of Education (CBSE) is overburdened and hence has expressed its inability to conduct the National Eligibility Test (UGC NET) any more has added to the anxiety of the candidates who had appeared for the CBSE UGC NET January 2017 exams and are waiting for the results.
The CBSE UGC NET exam was held on January 22 and the CBSE calendar said the Answer Keys and OMR Sheets will be released in March second week and the results would be declared soon afterward.
However neither the Answer Keys nor the results of the CBSE UGC NET January exams have been released so far. Adding to the pain of hundreds of thousands candidates who appeared for UGC NET Jan 2017, the CBSE has not came out with the reason for the delay or when it will release the Answer Key and the results.
The CBSE had released the results of UGC NET January 2016 exam in the month of April. Accordingly, it was expected that the CBSE will follow its announced calendar and finish off the entire procedure in due time.
It is against this delay and consequent confusion, rather fear, in the minds of the candidates reports came that the CBSE has to the HRD Ministry expressed its inability to hold the UGC NET any more because the board is too busy holding other exams.
The uncertainty has been created as no notification regarding the exam has been issued by the CBSE.
"The UGC and the CBSE are silent on the NET. This is frustrating. I am preparing for the exam. I cannot imagine the test being suspended," a student of Jawaharlal Nehru University is quoted by media.
Ironically, the CBSE has so far neither denied nor approved the reports circulating in the media since last two days. The UGC too has not clarified the reasons behind the delay, increasing the anxiety of students.
The CBSE conducts UGC National Eligibility Test (NET) two times in a year to determine the eligibility of candidates for the posts Assistant Professor and Junior Research Fellowship (JRF).
Candidates who qualify for the JRF are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible to apply for the post of an assistant professor in Indian universities and colleges.
The award of JRF and eligibility for assistant professor’s post depends on the performance of the candidate in all the three papers of NET. However, candidates qualifying exclusively for an assistant professor are not considered for JRF.
Meanwhile, Rajesh Jha, who teaches at Delhi University, said if the NET is suspended, it would affect lakhs of students, many of whom could have started their career in academics in 2018.
"When there is a dearth of faculty, the suspension of the eligibility test would further deepen the crisis. I hope the exam is not cancelled," Jha said.