The CBSE has requested the University Grants Commission (UGC) to assume the responsibility of conducting the National Eligibility Test (NET) citing that it wants to focus on its core area which is to improve the quality of education in India.
According to reports, CBSE chairperson R K Chaturvedi has already officially conveyed the message to UGC chairperson Ved Prakash.
“The decision of the CBSE for not conducting UGC-NET from 2017 onwards is based on very cogent administrative reasons. It has been categorically conveyed to the UGC to take over the NET exam from January, 2017 and the Board will extend technical support if needed,” an Economic Times report quotes a CBSE official as saying.
Worth noting, Chaturvedi’s letter was addressed to the UGC chairperson only, and not the HRD Ministry itself.
However, officials in the ministry stated that they are aware of the development and acknowledged CBSE’s concerns.
CBSE has been constantly stretching its resources over the past few years for conducting multiple exams including entrance tests to undergraduate programs, UGC-NET, as well as recruitment tests for institutions like Kendriya Vidyalayas.
While the government has indicated that it understands the issue, it may still ask the CBSE to conduct at least some of these examinations if required.