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NET certification goes online

Aarti Dhar

Getting a certificate will now be a matter of six days from present six months

NEW DELHI: With the University Grants Commission (UGC) launching the e-certificate system on Thursday, getting a certificate will now be a matter of six days for those who qualify the National Eligibility Test (NET). The process, at present, takes about 6 to 8 months after the results are announced.

Similarly, whenever an institute writes to the UGC for verification of authenticity of the NET certificates presented by the candidates, the process will now be done within 24 hours as against the earlier four months.

Launching the online process, Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal hoped that these initiatives would bring in great relief to the candidates as well as to the employers as the earlier process was time consuming.

After the candidates qualify in the UGC-NET examination, the candidates are awarded a certificate which is used to pursue any research degree at institutions of their choice or whenever they apply for the post of Assistant Professor in any college or university. The process of issuing certificates would normally take 6 to 8 months which was a cause of concern to both the UGC and the students as well. Also, whenever institutions wrote to UGC for verification of the NET certificates being presented by the candidates at the time of admission or employment, the verification process would take around four months.

Under the e-certification system, the UGC has initiated steps for online registration of NET examination so that all the necessary information with regard to the candidates is captured including their photographs at the time of registration itself. This information, along with the photograph, will be used for awarding the e-certificate to the qualified candidates, once the results are announced.

The UGC conducts the national level NET twice in a year, once in June and then December to determine the eligibility for the recruitment of teachers as Assistant Professors in institutions of higher learning and for award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs). The test is conducted in as many as 77 subjects at 74 centres spread across the country.

While the examination for the award of JRF is being conducted since 1984, the NET is being conducted since 1989. The candidates who qualify JRF in the UGC-NET are eligible for Fellowships to pursue research and also to enter into the teaching profession. Those who qualify the NET for JRF can pursue research in the UGC recognised universities and institutions.

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