Thousands of candidates who appeared for the Maharashtra State Eligibility Test (MH-SET) in December last year have been left in the lurch as their results have not been declared yet. According to officials, as the MH-SET is conducted on the lines of National Eligibility Test (NET), the decision of University Grants Commission (UGC) to handover conduction of NET by the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) with a changed format has resulted in delay of declaration of the MH-SET results.
Dr D. Harichandan, Mumbai co-ordinator for MH-SET said that after CBSE took over the conduction of NET, the format has changed tremendously.
Clearing the MH-SET or NET has become a prerequisite for the approval or appointment of a candidate as assistant professor in degree college or for junior research fellowship programme. As the number of candidates appearing for the NET is huge, the UGC appointed state universities to conduct the SET. In Maharashtra, Pune University is appointed to conduct the SET with the condition that the SET be conducted on the same lines as NET.
However, as the CBSE has changed the NET format and conducted the first exam based on the changed format in December 2014, Dr Harichandan said that the MH-SET results were withheld as the exam was conducted as per the old format.
“We did not appear for the NET 2014 in December assuming that passing the MH-SET would give us the requisite qualification for appointment as assistant professor. However, as the result is not yet declared we have no option, but to appear for the NET 2015 which is being held on June 15,” said a candidate who works as a contract teacher in a suburban college, adding that the fees they paid for MH-SET had gone down the drain. “There is some confusion about the assessment due to which the result may have been delayed. Even though six months have passed there is no communication from Pune University regarding the same. Those awaiting the result will have to probably wait a little more,” said Dr Harichandan.