It has been over three months since the State Eligibility Test (SET) was held on February 17, but the result is yet to be declared. Reason? The University Grants Commission (UGC) moderation committee is yet to take a final look at the result. Until this happens, the University of Pune (UoP) — the conducting authority for SET — would not be not be able to declare the result.
This was for the first time that over a lakh candidates appeared for the exam from Maharashtra and Goa. The reason for the drastic rise in number of candidates appearing for SET is because the UGC had denied permission to conduct the test last year. SET and National Eligibility Test (NET) are must for those wanting to pursue career in the field of teaching, as made mandatory by the UGC.
“Until we get the final approval from the UGC moderation committee, the varsity cannot declare the result. There’s a possibility that result may be declared in the second week of June,” UoP Registrar Dr Narendra Kadu said.
Commenting on the delay in declaration of result, Kadu said the format for SET underwent a change this year, as the questions were converted into objective type, multiple choice questions. “So before declaring the result we published answer keys of all papers and asked students to file their objections if any. This procedure takes a lot of time,” he said.
Candidates who have appeared for the exam said they were fed up of the delay. “If the NET result can be declared within two months, then why not SET as well. In fact, I was expecting the SET result to be declared on time this year as the exam was converted into objective type questions,” one of the candidates said.
Sources claimed the delay in declaring results have become common, as the UGC moderation committee never manages to pay its visits on time.
“Two years ago, a similar delay in declaring SET result had occurred. Unfortunately, no one can do anything to change the picture, as ultimately UGC is the main authority without whose permission result can’t be declared,” a source said.