Candidates call it Kerala High Court’s “Christmas gift” for them. The much awaited judgement has come today and thanks to the verdict, those who moved court challenging the University Grants Commission’s policy of raising the minimum criteria for the National Eligibility Test (NET) after the declaration of results won. If delayed, this would really have been ‘denied justice’ as Kerala PSC had issued notifications for recruitment of college lecturers and as the verdict has come before the last date of application, candidates has not lost the opportunity.
Candidates from all over the country had been looking forward to this verdict and their prayers have been answered.
The NET examination of June 2012 was different in itself for being completely in the objective mode. Answer keys were published in the website and when the results were out, those candidates who were sure of success could not believe that their dreams had been shattered. Apart from the minimum qualifying criteria in three papers, UGC also brought forth the criterion of a raised aggregate score. As per the new criterion, only those candidates who scored 65% (GEN), 60% (OBC) and 55% (SC/ST) cleared the test. After staging protests, some candidates decided to move court on the matter.
UGC tried to back their decision by arguing that the raising of minimum criteria was to keep the quality of collegiate education up.
In November, UGC published a supplementary list in which around 15000 students cleared. But nothing was said regarding the criteria on which the list was made. The anomalies in it proved to be a strong ground in favour of those candidates who challenged the UGC.
The question whether the verdict is valid only for petitioners remains in the minds of candidates.