New Delhi: Degree of M.Phil or PhD will no
longer be sufficient to secure a job in academic field in
colleges as the Delhi High Court has upheld the UGC policy
of making it mandatory for an aspiring lecturer to qualify
National Eligibility Test (NET).
A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice
Manmohan said the test is essential to maintain uniformity and
quality in higher education as different yardsticks are
followed by Universities while granting degree of M.Phil or
"The results of exams conducted by various examination
bodies vary from university to university and they are,
therefore, neither reliable nor comparable. Consequently, to
attain the objective of common national yardstick in terms of
qualification for every candidate who aspires to be a lecturer
and that the quality of education in higher education is
maintained at the highest level, the impugned Regulations 2009
were issued by the UGC," the court said.
The court passed the order on a petition filed by All
India Researchers Coordination Committee challenging the 2009
Regulation of changing the eligibility conditions for the post
According to the new regulation, only those who pass
NET would be eligible for the post of lecturer.
Challenging the new regulation, the Committee said
this was contrary to the 2006 regulation which held any one
who acquired an M.Phil or PhD degree was eligible for the post
The court dismissed the petition saying the UGC took
the decision after various expert committees have concluded
that there are irregularities and wide variations in the grant
of Ph.D./M.Phil. degrees in various universities.
"We are of the considered opinion that it is not for
the court to question the wisdom of the policy directive of
the Ministry of Human Resource and Development when it is
based on the recommendations of an expert committee (Mungekar
Committee) and there has been no violation of the enabling Act
or that of any provision of the Constitution," the court said.