The National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC for the award of research fellowships and also for the appointment of assistant professors in the institutions of higher education in the country will now also serve as a passport for lucrative jobs in public sector undertakings (PSUs). The UGC has decided to grant permission to PSUs to use its NET result database for recruitment of master degree holders as their officers. In the first phase, the UGC has issued a letter granting permission to Indian Oil. Other PSUs are likely to follow suit soon.
Magadh University chemistry department teacher and Indian Science Congress Association executive member Ranjit Kumar Verma said that recently he had discussions with some senior officers of a public sector undertaking on a proposal for sharing the UGC-NET scores in some disciplines for their recruitment purposes. If they utilize UGC-NET score for recruitment of executives in their organization in disciplines like science, management, corporate communications, human resources and finance, the craze for taking the UGC-NET shall increase manifold in our country and, in return, the universities will be getting better students for PhD programmes, he said.
It may be mentioned here that the Indian Oil has introduced the practice of recruiting Graduate Engineers through GATE scores and also that of law graduates through CLAT score. It has been utilizing score from GATE examination for the last three years starting from 2010. In 2012 itself, the number of applicants in GATE increased to about 4.5 lakh from about 1.5 lakh in 2009. In 2013, over 11 lakh candidates are reported to have registered for GATE.
After Indian Oil, a large number of other reputed PSUs like NTPC, BHEL, DVC etc have started utilizing GATE score. They are enthusiastic as their recruitment process will become more objective by utilizing scores from NET which is conducted by UGC at multiple locations across India.