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CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has upheld the UGC regulation requiring the National Eligibility Test/State-level Eligibility Test as a minimum requirement for appointment of Assistant Professors in colleges. The regulations were notified on July 11 last year.

In their petition, G.Sinthiah and others sought to declare UGC (minimum qualifications required for appointment of career advancement of teachers in universities and institutions affiliated to it) regulations 2009 as arbitrary and violative of Articles 14 and 16 of the Constitution in so far as it fixed NET/SLET as a minimum qualification for lecturer's post without giving special exemption for candidates who had got their M.Phil degrees prior to December 1993.

The petitioners said in the earlier regulations of the UGC, candidates who had obtained M.Phil degree prior to December 31, 1993 were exempted from writing NET/SLET examinations.

Therefore, the sudden introduction of such qualification would deprive them of their chances of being considered for the post of Assistant Professor.

Dismissing the petitions, Justice K.Chandru said the power of the UGC had been exercised in terms of section 26 (1) (e) and (g) read with section 14 of the UGC Act. The Union Government appointed Prof.G.K.Chadha Committee and it had recommended strict implementation of UGC regulations. The committee's report was forwarded to all State governments and various universities.

It was pursuant to the UGC's directive that the State government also appointed an official committee for introducing the scales of pay and the qualification for recruitment of teachers. Pursuant to the committee's recommendation, the government had issued a G.O. dated September 9, 2009. The State government, before calling for candidates for the Tamil Nadu Collegiate Education Service, had kept in mind the current UGC regulations and also it gave appropriate mark for candidates who possessed higher experience and qualifications.

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