The All India India Federation of University and College Teachers’ Organisation (AIFUCTO) has strongly opposed attempts to abolish the National Eligibility Test (NET). The organization advocated that the test improves the standard of teaching in the country and instead of abolishing it all together the government must revisit some of its provisions that are making it flawed and unimplementable.
“We have already indicated to the regulatory bodies certain issues. If these are resolved, it would make the NET efficient. But an attempt to do away with the test will only increase corruption in recruitment and lower the quality of teaching. But I believe that the exemption from the NET given to MPhil and PhD teachers should continue,” general secretary of AIFUCTO Ashok Kumar Barman said.
He also said that the organisation was strongly against certain impending Education Bills, including the Foreign Universities’ Bill, which aims at commercialising higher education and weakening the public-funded system. “No good university will open shop here. It will only bring useless institutions,” he said.
Speaking on increasing the retirement age of the teachers, he said “We had appealed to the State government to increase the retirement age of teachers from 58 to 65 years, given the supply-demand gap in the industry. At the same time the government should create more posts to ensure that employment opportunities for youngsters were not affected by the move.”