Syllabi may undergo change in 2014


The syllabus for the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted twice a year for aspirant lecturers and assistant professors, is likely to undergo...

NET examination pattern should test the Teaching and the Research Aptitude of the candidates. The questions should test
in-depth knowledge and bring out their potential - P Jaya Prakash Rao, Chairman, APSCHE

The syllabus for the National Eligibility Test (NET), conducted twice a year for aspirant lecturers and assistant professors, is likely to undergo some changes next year, according to Prof B N Reddy, member of UGC. He indicated this during an interaction with the faculty and members of SET (State Eligibility Test-SET) committee of Osmania University in Hyderabad on Saturday.

The Consultative Expert Committee appointed by the University Grants Commission has visited University to carry out a comprehensive review of the various pedagogic, academic, technical and administrative issues related to the NET. The team comprising Prof.D N Reddy, Prof. Jacob Tharu of EFLU, Prof. Mohammad Miyan, Vice-Chancellor, MANUU University, Dr. G Srinivas, Joint Secretary, UGC , had an open discussion with the faculty, Principals, College Teachers, Officials and students on the “Review of NET Examination”.

Prof. D N Reddy said that NET examination is conducted in 94 various subjects in 79 centres across the country. He said that the consultative expert committee, constituted to go into the content, will make necessary recommendations and they would be implemented in the conduct of NET examination from 2014. ‘The syllabus of all the subjects will have to be recast for the purpose of NET’ he added.

Prof.P Jaya Prakash Rao, Chairman, APSCHE, said the NET examination pattern should test the Teaching Aptitude and the Research Aptitude of the candidate. ‘The questions should test the depth of the knowledge of the candidate and bring out the candidate’s potential’ he felt.

Prof.P Prakash, Vice Chancellor of Dr.BR Ambedkar Open University said that there should be synchronisation between the syllabus of the NET exam and the PG syllabus of the subject concerned. Prof.S Satyanarayana, Vice Chancellor of Osmania University emphasised the need to introduce negative marking system in the evaluation of the NET examination.

OUTA President Prof.B Satyanarayana said that NET and not the SET should be made a mandatory qualification for the teaching appointment at the University level.

There were participants from Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and other Southern States who felt that questions in the NET should be analytical. “Short type questions should be introduced and valuation should be done carefully done involving efficient and well-informed teachers. NET exam should be conducted in regional and vernacular languages.

The qualifying marks should be specified well in advance and expressed the need to formulate the exam system like civil services examination and passing NET exam should immediately absorb them in a job” the students opined.

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