NET Is No Longer Compulsory To Become a Professor, Smriti Irani: The Human Resource Development Ministry currently headed by Mrs Smriti Irani and the University Grants Commission (UGC) has stated that they are unlikely to review the Supreme Court judgment that debars many PhD holders from teaching jobs. The rationale behind this is that teachers need to clear an eligibility exam which credits their teaching ability and that a PhD does not automatically qualify the same ability.
On March 16, the apex court upheld the UGC’s regulations of 2009 on minimum qualification for appointment of teachers in colleges and universities. According to the regulations, the eligibility for an assistant professor in a college or a university is the National Eligibility Test (NET) or the State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) qualifications. However, a candidate who has a PhD that complies with the UGC’s PhD norms of 2009 would be eligible for the post even if he has not cleared NET or SLET.
The Supreme court to has upheld this regulation in 2015 on the ground that it would help to maintain the standard of higher education in the country. Also, UGC’s Decision on Tuesday clarified that net is no longer required to be a professor.