Staff Reporter

Appellants seek time

CHENNAI: A Division Bench of the Madras High Court has stayed a single judge order upholding National Eligibility Test/ State Level Eligibility Test (NET/SLET) eligibility for pre-1993 M.Phil holders.

The single judge had upheld a July 2009 University Grants Commission regulation requiring the NET/SLET as a minimum requirement for appointment of assistant professors in colleges.

The Bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Elipe Dharma Rao and Justice K.K. Sashidaran stayed this order while hearing a writ appeal filed by K.L. Sivaji and two others, who submitted that the appellants were working as guest lecturers without National Eligibility Test/ State Level Eligibility Test qualification.

They cannot be singled out and sent out quite unceremoniously, the appellants said.

“Evolve a scheme”

They wanted the State government to evolve a scheme for these guest lecturers and give them sufficient and minimum reasonable time to equip themselves to qualify the examinations.

The appellants also said that till such time, they should be allowed to continue in their services.