State govt urged to abide by court order while filling vacancies in universities

Despite the Supreme Court verdict that made National Eligibility Test (NET) and State Level Eligibility Test (SLET) mandatory for appointments of assistant professors and lecturers, the state government is trying to fill vacancies by defying the court order, alleged members of NET/SLET association.

Suresh, vice-president of the association, have urged the state government to abide by the court order as over 50,000 aspirants, who passed the NET examination, are forced to work in lower rank jobs. “The UGC mandated rules for MPhil and PhD holders, however, the preference is given only to them and not to aspirants, who underwent much hardship to complete NET/SLET,” he said, during a meeting held here.

In Kerala, it is only the NET score that is considered and not Phd, said members of the association. In 1996, an order exempting MPhil and PhD holders to teach students at university-level was granted, and since then NET/SLET passed aspirants have not been given their due importance, said Suresh.

The state government recently ordered for recruitment of over 1,000 faculty posts in several institutions in the state. Following it, the association members filed a petition in the Madurai bench of Madras high court asking the state government to abide by the order.

The Supreme Court had ordered recently that NET or SLET will be the minimum eligibility criteria for appointment of assistant professors in colleges and universities.

In 1996, an order exempting MPhil and PhD holders to teach students at university-level was granted, and since then NET/SLET passed aspirants have not been given their due importance, said Suresh.

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