The UGC has recently decided to grant...
permission to PSUs to use its NET result database for recruitment of master's degree holders as their officers.
The National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC for the award of research fellowships and for the appointment of assistant professors in the institutions of higher education will now also serve as a passport to lucrative jobs in the public sector undertakings (PSUs).
Patna University (PU) pro-vice-chancellor Ranjit Kumar Verma, who has been pursuing this matter with the UGC for the last one year, told a leading national daily that now PSUs can utilize UGC-NET score for recruitment of executives in their organizations in disciplines like science (R&D), management, corporate communications, human resources, finance, etc. With this, the craze for taking the UGC-NET examination would increase manifold in our country and, in return, the universities shall be getting better students for their PhD programmes, Verma said.
He said the UGC gave its final nod to this proposal last week after its approval by its chairman. The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) has even issued an advertisement inviting applications from NET successful candidates. It shall rely on the score obtained by candidates at the NET examination.
It may be mentioned here that the IOCL has introduced the practice of recruiting graduate engineers through GATE scores and also that of law graduates through CLAT score. It has been utilizing score from GATE examination for last three years starting from 2010. In 2012 itself, the number of applicants in GATE increased to about 4.5 lakh from about 1.5 lakh in 2009.
Last year, over 11 lakh candidates registered for GATE. After the IOCL, a large number of other reputed PSUs like NTPC, BHEL, have started utilizing GATE score. They are enthusiastic as their recruitment process shall become more objective by utilizing scores from highly reputed and standard examinations like the NET conducted by UGC at multiple locations across India, Verma said.
What is NET:
National Eligibility Test is conducted every year by UGC for determining the eligibility of Indian nationals for the Eligibility for Assistant Professor only or Junior Research Fellowship & Eligibility for Assistant Professor Both in Indian universities and colleges. The candidates who qualify for the award of Junior Research Fellowship are eligible to pursue research in the subject of their post-graduation or in a related subject and are also eligible for Assistant Professor. The universities, institutions, IITs and other national organizations may select the JRF awardees for whole time research work in accordance with the procedure prescribed by them. The award of JRF and Eligibility for Assistant Professor both or Eligibility for Assistant Professor only will depend on the performance of the candidate in all three papers of NET. However, the candidates qualifying exclusively for Assistant Professor will not be considered for award of JRF.