NET exemption: teachers’ body to move High Court

The Maharashtra Federation of University and College Teachers' Organisations (MFUCTO) has decided to move the Bombay High Court against the University Grants Commission (UGC) move to cancel the exemption of 1,269 college teachers teaching in colleges affiliated to the University of Pune (UoP) from NET/SET.

"The UGC's move to cancel the exemption is not in keeping with the various orders given by the benches of Bombay High Court in the last ten years. We will be defending our stand on these various orders," said Shyam Lavande, member of state executive of MFUCTO.

The UGC has made it compulsory for college teachers to clear national or state eligibility test (NET/SET). However, it was pleaded by the teachers' organisations that teachers appointed during the period from September 1991 to December 2006 should be exempted from the norm.

Lavande said as per the various orders passed by the High Court, these teachers should be exempted by UGC on case to case basis.

"The latest order of Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court issued on November 27, 2008 also says that UGC should exempt teachers appointed from September 1991 to December 2007 after scrutinising the individual cases," he said.

"The UGC accordingly after scrutinising such cases had exempted 1269 college teachers teaching in teaching in colleges affiliated to the University of Pune from NET/SET on February 23, 2010. However, the UGC reverted its decision after Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) asked it to do so," said Lavande.

"The decision to cancel the exemptions was informed to UoP on June 3. Though UGC did it as per instructions by MHRD, it is contempt of court order. We will be challenging this move in the high court," he said.

Lavande said MFUCTO would file writ petition in next two days. "We have already served a legal notice to UGC on May 3 and will pursue the matter further," he said.

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