In order to apply for posts of lecturer in universities, colleges or other institutions, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has made it mandatory for candidates without PhD (pre-2009) to have passed the National Eligibility Test (NET)/State-Level Eligibility Test (SLET).
Candidates who have been doing PhD since 2009 with course work - would no longer have to clear NET/SLET before applying for the posts. A copy of the UGC notification was sent to the Panjab University vice-chancellor by the Panjab University Teachers Association (PUTA).
In 2011, PU had taken up this matter in the senate, where it was decided that any candidate having a PhD, whether according to UGC regulations of 2009 or otherwise, shall be eligible for appointment as lecturers in the university and its affiliated colleges. NET/SLET was then not mandatory for university recruitment.
However, the new notification has again put a question mark on the way the university would fill vacant posts of lecturers. According to PUTA, the UGC's decision needs to be advertised to avoid legal complications at a later stage regarding university recruitments, reported Hindustan Times.
The university is presently facing more than 600 court cases regarding recruitments.