On Monday, from all over India thousands of college teachers will demonstrate outside the University Grants Commission (UGC) office demanding relaxation in eligibility norms for those who did their PhD before 2009 without qualifying for the national eligibility test (NET) or state level eligibility test (SLET). Also Read - CBSE & ICSE Board Exams 2021: Top 7 Things to do For Preparation |Watch Video

Without relaxation, nearly 10 lakh teachers all over the country will lose their jobs, the teachers said, who have met HRD minister Smriti Irani and UGC officials. Though Irani has promised to look into the grievance, UGC officials said it would be difficult to relax the criteria now. According to the sources an official said that “Supreme Court has upheld our regulation.” Also Read - CBSE Board Exam 2021: Tips to Cope Up With Stress For Children And Parents | Watch Video

The threat of job loss emanates from the Supreme Court order of March this year that upheld UGC’s 2009 regulation on minimum qualifications required for teaching jobs in colleges and universities. The SC had also set aside orders of several high courts staying UGC’s 2009 regulation. Also Read - Telangana Schools to Reopen for Classes 6 and 8 After Nearly 11 Months

According to the sources,the apex court had said, “It is clear that the object of the directions of the central government read with the UGC regulations of 2009/2010 are to maintain excellence in standards of higher education. Keeping this object in mind, a minimum eligibility condition of passing the national eligibility test is laid down. True, there may have been exemptions laid down by the UGC in the past, but the central government now as a matter of policy feels that any exemption would compromise the excellence of teaching standards in universities/colleges/institutions governed by the UGC. Obviously, there is nothing arbitrary or discriminatory in this. In fact, it is a core function of the UGC to see that such standards do not get diluted.”

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