UGC Marks Criteria squashed by Kerala High Court

Published on: 18 Dec, 2012
Published under: Education News Kerala, Ernakulam District News, General Kerala News

18 December 2012

The Kerala High Court on Monday quashed the new qualifying criteria prescribed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) after holding the National Eligibility Test (NET) for lectureships. The new criteria had prescribed that candidates in the general category, who had scored an aggregate of 65 per cent for all three papers, would be eligible for lectureship while OBC category candidates needed 60 per cent and the marks for candidates in the SC/ST category was 55 per cent.

Allowing a batch of writ petitions challenging the new criteria, Justice P.R. Ramachandran Nair held that the UGC regulations did not confer any right on the UGC to fix high marks after holding of the NET. Nor could such criteria be introduced just before the announcement of the results by executive orders. The introduction of the new criteria was not supported by the law.The court also declared that the petitioners, who had obtained the separate minimum marks prescribed in the UGC notification, had cleared the NET. The court also ordered that they should be issued the necessary certificate in a month.


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