As the number of Covid-19 cases increases across the country, the National Testing Agency (NTA) has decided to postpone the national UGC eligibility test (NET), which is scheduled to take place from May 2-17.
“Considering the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic and taking into account the safety and well-being of the candidates and those responsible for the exams, it has been decided to postpone the UGC-NET cycle exam until December 2020 (May 2021)the NTA said in a statement.
Revised exam dates will be announced later, at least 15 days before the exam.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal “Nishank” also confirmed the development and urged people to stay safe.
“With the safety and well-being of exam candidates and administrators in mind during the Covid-19 outbreak, I advised @DG_NTA to postpone the UGC-NET cycle exams until December 2020 (May 2021),” he tweeted Nishank.
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In June 2018, the NET was administered by the Central Council of Secondary Education (CBSE) in 84 subjects in 91 cities of the country for the Commission of University Scholarships. However, as of December 2018, the UGC-NET will be conducted by the NTA.
More than a million students generally grant access to UGC NET.
In addition to JRF and Assistant Professor positions, UGC NET is also used to promote the ‘National Scholarship for Listed Caste Students (NFSC), the National Scholarship for Other Retrograde Classes (NFOBC), and the National Maulana Azad Scholarship for minority students (MANF) “appoint the Ministry of Social Justice and the Ministry of Minority Affairs.
Keeping in mind the safety & well-being of candidates and exam functionaries during #covid19outbreak, I have advised @DG_NTA to postpone the UGC-NET Dec 2020 cycle (May 2021) exams.#Unite2FightCorona pic.twitter.com/5dLB9uWgkO
— Dr. Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank (@DrRPNishank) April 20, 2021