University Grants Commission has launched “e-certificate” for UGC-National Eligibility Test (NET) qualifying candidates. The e-certificate was inaugurated by Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal who also released a compendium of UGC schemes.
The UGC will now register candidates for the NET examination online. At the time of registration, all the necessary information with regard to the candidate will be captured, including their photograph. The information will later be used for the award of these e-certificates once the results are announced.
"These e-certificates will cut down the time lag for issuing the certificate from six-eight months to six days. Similarly, whenever an institution writes to UGC for verification of authenticity of the NET certificate presented by the candidates, the authenticity of the certificate will now be done within a span of 24 hours as against the earlier four months," an Human Resource Development Ministry statement said.
In the compendium, 63 schemes of the UGC have been synoptically profiled, covering the objectives of each scheme, the criteria for becoming eligible to receive financial assistance from the UGC, the operational tenure of the scheme and the process of selection followed in approving the proposals, and finally the quantum of financial assistance that can be provided to execute the scheme.
The University Grants Commission conducts the national level test, viz; National Eligibility Test (NET) twice in a year; in June and December to determine the eligibility for the recruitment of teachers as assistant professors in institutions of higher learning and for the award of Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs).
The test is conducted in 77 subjects at 74 centres spread across the country.
The number of fellowships under the NET scheme has been increased from 2,000 to 6,400 per annum since 2010. In June 2010, 10,433 candidates successfully qualified the NET for Assistant Professorship, including JRF.