In the most recent announcement, Delhi HRD minister Mahendra Nath Pandey has ensured that there is no change in the organisation conducting the University Grants Commission National Eligibility Test (UGC NET). The charge of the exam will stay in the hands of Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).
In a Lok Sabha session, the minister said, “As per directions of the Ministry of HRD, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has been conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) examination. There is no proposal under consideration at present to entrust responsibility of conducting the exam through any other mechanism.”
The MHRD’s move to lighten the CBSE of this responsibility was to provide relief as the board also takes upon both the Indian Insititutes of Technology Joint Entrance Examination (IIT JEE) mains and the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to MBBS and BDS courses. However, the board wished to continue being the one to control NETs too.
Clearing the much fogged way, UGC confirmed in April that the CBSE is set to conduct the entrance exam for the grant of junior research fellowship and act as a medium through which candidates can gain the status of assistant professors at colleges and universities.
This year too, like every past year, the exam will be conducted twice, June and November. This year’s July exam, however, is going to be conducted in November due to hustle-bustle among UGC NET’s managing body.