Pune: UGC Declares NET Scores as Basis for PhD Admission, SPPU Awaits Approval for Final PET Exam

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Pune, 5th April 2024: The University Grants Commission (UGC) has declared the adoption of the National Eligibility Test (NET) scores as the basis for PhD admission processes. Consequently, it is anticipated that this year’s PhD eligibility examination, or Ph.D. Entrance Test (PET), administered by Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), may mark the culmination of this system.

SPPU is currently engaged in correspondence with the UGC regarding this transition, seeking permission to conduct the final PET examination. Senior officials have indicated that applications for the PET exam will be accepted starting next week, with the examination scheduled for the first week of June.

Prospective students from both within the Maharashtra State and nationwide, falling under SPPU’s jurisdiction, are eagerly awaiting updates on the PET examination. However, the recent UGC announcement has sparked discussions within educational circles regarding the necessity of conducting the PET exam.

Despite the SPPU’s prior readiness to conduct the PET exam, the SPPU has opted for a cautious approach in light of the UGC’s directive. Correspondence with the UGC is underway, and a definitive decision is expected by early next week. SPPU will commence accepting applications for the PET exam.

According to the UGC regulations, the alteration in the PhD admission process has led to a decline in the university’s PhD admissions. Should admission be solely based on the NET exam, prospective students may face a prolonged waiting period for PhD admissions. Nevertheless, there exists a strong likelihood that SPPU will be granted the opportunity to administer the final examination by the UGC.

In another development, the State Level Eligibility Test (SET) for the position of Assistant Professor is scheduled to take place on Sunday, the 7th. Over 1,25,000 students from across the state are slated to participate in this examination, which will mark the conclusion of offline examinations. The SET department has meticulously prepared for the exam, and all students have been issued their admit cards.