New Delhi: The candidates who qualify UGC’s National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) have a reason to cheer, as they would no longer be required to wait for months for certification of their results.

The UGC has initiated online registration of the NET examination along with the provision of e-certificates for the candidates which would be issued within six days of declaration of result.

The Union Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal here on Thursday rolled out the new initiatives in the presence of acting Chairman of UGC, Ved Prakash, and other officials. 

“The e-governance will help candidates register online for the NET examination and all the necessary information with regard to the candidates would be taken, including their photographs, at the time of registration itself,” said Ved Prakash.

He added, after the declaration of results, the candidates would be given a password to seek e-certificate. This password would be made available to the candidate via e-mail or SMS so as to maintain the confidentiality. “Under the provision, only the meritorious students will get e-certificate,” he said.

The Chairman stated that the introduction of e-governance into the system will expedite issuing the certificates, which presently takes anywhere between six to eight months.

“Whenever an institution writes to the UGC for verification of the NET certificate of candidates during applying for jobs, the authentication will be done within 24 hours," he said.

Around five lakh candidates sit for NET tests, which are conducted twice a year, to become eligible for recruitment as assistant professor in colleges or universities and for junior research fellowship (JRF).

In June last year, 10,433 candidates had successfully qualified the NET for the post of assistant professors and JRF. The test was conducted in 77 subjects at 74 centres 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 the post of assistant professors, including JRF.

(JPN/ Bureau)