The State Eligibility Test (SET) for lectureship won’t be conducted in January 2013. This is the third time in a row when thousands of candidates who aspire to become lecturers have been left in the lurch.
Pune University, the nodal agency for SET in the state, cancelled the exam as it failed to acquire UGC accreditation on time. More than 50,000 candidates appear in every SET.
Hari Chandan, director of IDOL at Mumbai university and SET coordinator in Mumbai, said, “The January 2013 exam doesn’t seem possible due to the delayed accreditation.”
A top Pune University official said, “After conducting two exams in 2011, we had applied for accreditation in February 2012. UGC couldn’t send its assessment committee until October 2012. That’s why the 2012 exams couldn’t be held. Two weeks back, we got UGC accreditation, but now it will take at least three months to conduct the exam.”
RM Raherkar, assistant registrar-SET at Pune University, said: “This is UGC’s lapse. Now that we have got a go-ahead, we are trying our best to conduct it by February 2013.”
Dr Surinder Singh, deputy secretary, UGC (NET), couldn’t be contacted for comment.