After several days of confusion and speculation, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has cleared all doubts by announcing that the National Eligibility Test (NET) in July will be conducted by CBSE (Central Board of Secondary Education). Sources said that a formal notification regarding the same would soon be uploaded on UGC’s official website. It may be recalled that some issues had cropped up between UGC and CBSE, which had led to confusion about who will conduct the NET in July. To resolve their differences, the HRD Ministry had to intervene and sort out the mess. The NET is held two times in a year, July and December. It is used for assessing eligibility for the grant of junior research fellowship and for assistant professorship in universities and colleges.
The confusion started last year when CBSE stated that it would not be able to conduct the NET 2017. CBSE pointed out that it is already burdened with other tests such as the JEE-Main and NEET for under-graduate engineering and medical courses. Speaking about the problems being faced by CBSE, an official said, “The Board has stretched its resources. For NET, we need to set question papers for 86 subjects. That apart, we incur a loss of Rs 5 crore every year for conducting this test which should ideally be borne by the UGC.” Sources said that CBSE will continue to handle NET until the proposed National Testing Service (NTS) becomes operational.