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SC upholds UGC’s eligibility criteria for NET test

The Supreme Court today upheld the University Grant Commission’s policy for fixing eligibility criteria for candidates to qualify the National Eligibility Test (NET), saying it is not ‘arbitrary and illegal’.

A bench, headed by Justice KS Radhakrishnan, said courts shall not interfere in matters of education unless there is a violation of statutory provisions and it is open to the UGC to lay down any qualifying criteria.

‘We are of the view that in academic matters unless there is a clear violation of statutory provisions, regulations or the notification issued, the courts shall keep their hands off since those issues fall within the domain of the experts’, the bench said. ‘UGC, as an expert body, has been entrusted with the duty to take steps as it may think fit for the determination and maintenance of standards of teaching, examination and research in the University. For attaining the said standards, it is open to the UGC to lay down any qualifying criteria which has a rational nexus to the object to be achieved...,’ the bench said.
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