Af­ter 10 yrs, NET syl­labus to change

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTNATION - Nee­lam Pandey nee­lam.pandey@hin­dus­tan­

NEWDELHI: The cur­ricu­lum of the Na­tional El­i­gi­bil­ity Test (NET), a coun­try­wide ex­am­i­na­tion manda­tory for peo­ple eye­ing teach­ing jobs in colleges and uni­ver­si­ties in In­dia, will be re­vised for the first time in a decade, of­fi­cials of the Univer­sity Grants Com­mis­sion (UGC) told HT.

The UGC, In­dia’s apex ed­u­ca­tion reg­u­la­tor, has set up com­mit­tees to re­vise the syl­labus of each sub­ject to re­flect changes in what is be­ing taught in higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions across the coun­try, se­nior of­fi­cials said.

“The syl­labus has stayed the same though most uni­ver­si­ties have changed their cur­ricu­lum over a pe­riod of time. We need to re­flect those changes... The com­mit­tees will pre­pare the draft syl­labus and sub­mit it for ap­proval. Once ap­proved, a de­ci­sion will be taken on when to im­ple­ment it,” said a se­nior UGC of­fi­cial, re­quest­ing anonymity since the in­for­ma­tion was priv­i­leged.

Se­cur­ing a qual­i­fy­ing score in the NET is a must for those ap­ply­ing to be as­sis­tant pro­fes­sors and ju­nior re­search fel­lows. The test is held twice a year, first in July and later in De­cem­ber.

For now, 25 com­mit­tees have been drawn up for sep­a­rate sub­jects. NET is held for 90 sub­jects and of­fi­cials said more com­mit­tees will be set up to cover all sub­jects. Ac­cord­ing to the source, the pan­els in­clude peo­ple ac­tively en­gaged in teach­ing and re­search. This is “to en­sure the syl­labus is more dy­namic and is able to meet the cur­rent re­quire­ment”, the of­fi­cial said.

There is also a plan to hold the test only once a year. A se­nior hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry of­fi­cial said the Cen­tral Board of Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion (CBSE) had pointed out that it was dif­fi­cult to carry out the ex­am­i­na­tion twice.

Sources said poor re­sponse to the test — 6.5 lakh stu­dents regis­ter on an av­er­age and ap­prox­i­mately 1.5 lakh take it, with a pass per­cent­age of only 3.9% — is be­ing seen as a fac­tor be­hind the pro­posal to re­duce the fre­quency.

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