Call for more transparency in the Conduct of UGC NET examinations
In response to the Delhi High Court ruling on UGC NET: The Most Honourable High Court of Delhi, First and foremost I should thank you for a very good ruling on the requirements for the appointment for the post of Assistant Professors in institutes of higher learning. I totally agree with the ruling of the learned and honourable Judge. But I have always had ONE IMPORTANT question regarding UGC NET. 1. Why has this exam been so secretively held over the years? Until the year 2006, nobody other than a few in the UGC had any idea as to what was the requirement to clear NET? Due to the same reason I was hesitant to write this exam. But after the year 2006, the UGC has become slightly transparent at least as far as the marks are concerned. But what I am unable to understand is why UGC takes back the question papers immediately after the Tests are over? If the real aim of UGC is to see that the best enter the Higher Education Institutes as teachers, then it should also see to it that those who have real inclination to study and real inclination to learn and improve their knowledge. But by taking back the question papers, the UGC discourages the students from wanting to know their mistakes and not learn at all. May I humbly request the Honourable High Court to know from UGC why this practice is being carried out and what is the rationale behind taking back the question papers? Even the most prestigious exams like that of the UPSC give the applicants the question papers. In light of these issues, an open questionnaire to the UGC: 1. Is the UGC of the opinion that UGC NET/JRF question papers are matters of utmost importance to the National Security of INDIA and therefore candidates appearing for the exam are not allowed to take the question papers with them? 2. Is the UGC of the opinion that allowing the candidates to take home the question papers after the exams affects the sanctity of the exams? 3. Why does the UGC (through local organizing University) take back the question papers for papers I and II immediately after the exams are over? 4. What does the UGC do with such a huge volume of UGC NET question papers after the exams are over? Does it contribute to any additional revenue to the UGC? 5. Why is there no provision for uploading on the internet or displaying at notice boards at examination centres ANSWER KEYs of Papers I and II immediately or sometime after the exams? 6. Why is there no provision for uploading the question papers on the UGC website immediately or sometime after the UGC NET exams are over? Why does the UGC wait for the notification of next exam and then upload the question paper? Why does it not do the same earlier? 7. Why does the UGC not provide separate question paper and answer booklets for paper III? Is the UGC of the opinion that any such provision is either harmful to the candidates appearing for the exams or to the UGC itself? 8. When even the most prestigious exams conducted by the UPSC, allow the candidates to take the question papers with them, why is the UGC opposed? 9. By taking back the question papers from the candidates after the exams, does the UGC not refrain the candidates from making a self evaluation, not merely to know how they have fared in the just concluded exams, but to prepare themselves better for the next exams, if the candidates think that they have not fared well in the just concluded exams?