UGC NET is a decades old National level exam, started in 1990s. It is conducted twice a year in India for Indian students only.
The objective of UGC NET is to determine the eligibility of master’s student for the post of Assistant Professor or Junior Research Fellowship.
Initially, it was conducted by CBSE on behalf of University Grants Commission, but from December 2018 it is conducted by NTA in online mode only. It’s a very prestigious exam, all the great lecturers and researchers today, have appeared for this exam before starting their career.
The Government of India has made it compulsory for all the future lecturers and researchers. Aspirants, who dream of becoming a lecturer or researcher, are now supposed to clear this exam. From very first year, UGC is trying to make this exam as flawless as possible and in order to do so there have been many changes in exam pattern. Due to which this exam has always been a subject of several controversies.
Since, you are thinking of opting for UGC NET you should always keep yourselves updated with all the UGC NET News and happenings.
In this blog we are going to keep you updated with all the necessary information about UGC NET.
This world of UGC NET full of news and controversies since the very first year. But in this blog, we will be sharing the latest UGC NET news and controversies only.
The National Testing Agency has extended the last date of submitting the UGC NET Application Form. The decision has been taken in view of the hardship faced by students and their parents due to COVID-19.
Now the last date to submit the application form is 30th June 2020.
As per the sources, the National Testing Agency has released the UGC NET Dec 2019 Certificate.
The candidates who appeared in this exam now can download their certificates on the official website.
After accepting the Srinagar candidates' request of changing the exam centres from outside of Srinagar to Srinagar, National Testing Agency has alloted them new exam centres in Srinagar only. Such aspirants can download their new UGC NET Admit Card from the official website.
Though the Union Cabinet approved the proposal of J&K Government to issue ‘The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (10% reservation for EWS category) Ordinance, 2019’, still candidates of J&K are confused whether they should apply for UGC NET Exam under this new EWS category (Economically Weaker Section)?
As per the source’s information no such implementation of 10% EWS reservation has taken place yet in real sense in Jammu & Kashmir. Not a single candidate has got the EWS Certificate in J&K as it looks like the competent authorities themselves confused and are waiting for the further departmental guidelines in this regard.
Doctoral degree holders from top 500 foreign universities can now directly apply for Assistant Professor without applying for UGC NET.
The direct recruitment eligibility of international PhD holders is applicable for the disciplines of Arts, Commerce, Humanities, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Sciences, Languages, Library Science, Physical Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.
The semester exam dates of Panjab University are clashing with the dates of UGC NET, resulting lot of chaos among university students.
The All India Students’ Association (AISA) submitted a representation to the university authorities to postpone the semester exams.
The Chairperson of the Department of Punjabi, to whom the representation was submitted, said they will coordinate and will not let the students suffer by missing out on the major exams.
From December 2018 onward UGC NET Exam is going to conduct by NTA instead of CBSE. This was announced by Mr. Prakash Javadekar, MHRD Union Minister.
NTA will conduct other exams as well like IIT JEE, NEET, GPAT and CMAT.
The National Testing Agency was approved by the Union Cabinet in November 2017 for conducting entrance examinations for higher educational Institutions.
We have given a detailed information regarding this on our other blog. Click here to know more!
UGC Pay review committee has implemented the 7th Pay Commission for teachers.
Due to this approx. 7.58 lakh teachers and academic staff in 106 UGC funded universities/colleges and many govt, state and privately funded universities and colleges will be benefited.
"The measures proposed in the revised pay structure are expected to improve quality of higher education and also attract and retain talent," the government said.
This news is given in detail in our ‘UGC 7th Pay Commission’ blog. You can read more by clicking the link.
University Grants Commission announced that Higher Education Institutes cannot keep the original certificates of the applicants before the confirmed admission.
Also, the announcement stated that if a student decides to withdraw their application forms 15 days prior to the formally notified last date of admission, then the institution will have to refund the fees and can only charge up to Rs. 5000 as the processing fees.
Students will not have to submit any original academic and personal certificates like mark sheets, school leaving certificates, etc. at the time of submission of admission form.
They will get 90% refund in case if they withdraw their name 15 days prior, 80% within 15 days after the last date of admission. And will get 50%, in case they withdraw their name in between 16 to 30 days. Post 30 days, they will not be eligible for any refund.
Supreme Court said that it is not compulsory for applicants to provide Aadhaar Card details while registering for national level exams, i.e., UGC NET, NEET and CBSE.
Previously, providing Aadhaar Card details were compulsory but now aspirants can provide other identity proofs like Bank Account Number/ Passport Number/ Ration Card/ Other Govt ID.
No university can work without approval from UGC. Such universities without UGC approval, come under the category of UGC Fake Universities.
UGC has released a list of such 24 universities which are present in 8 major states of India. Out of these 24 Universities, a legal action has been take by UGC against 2 universities.
The 2 Universities are Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM), Delhi & Bio-Chemic Education Grants Commission, Nadia, West Bengal.
And as for the remaining 22 universities, a show cause and warning notice has been released by UGC.
These fake universities have been penalized with the amount of 1 grand as well.
Union MHRD Minister, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated more than 3,400 Test Practice Centres (TPCs) across the country to facilitate the candidates appearing for the Higher Education competitive exams, so that they can practice and get familiar with the exam pattern set by newly established National Testing Agency.
These TPCs were inaugurated over Google Hangouts by the Minister.
These TPCs are spread across the 622 districts in the country. There are 2,72,348 computers in these 3,406 TPCs.
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UGC NET released a notification saying that the validity of UGC NET certificate for JRF will be 3 years w.e.f. the date of issue of JRF Award letter and not 2 years.
However, in case of candidates who have already joined M.Phil. / Ph.D., the date of commencement of Fellowship will be from the date of declaration of Result or joining date, whichever is later.
Delhi Minorities Commission (DMC) send a notice to UGC asking why an aspirant wearing a hijab was not allowed to appear in UGC NET Exam.
2 Muslim girl candidates were barred from attending UGC NET exam.
Delhi’s Jamia Muslim University student Umaiyah Khan, claimed that she was asked to take her hijab off at the exam center. Due to religious reasons she was unable to the do so. Even after showing the identity proof she was not allowed to sit for the exam.
Similar thing happened with another girl, Safina Khan, in Goa, where she was asked to remove her veil, and was not allowed to sit for the exam.
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