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The NET Paradox

This is a close scrutiny of the history question papers for the National Eligibility Test conducted by the University Grants Commission (June 2013) which demonstrates the manner in which the UGC is actually damaging the discipline through the rather unimaginative format it has chosen for assessing the potential of candidates.

If the University Grants Commission – National Eligibility Test (UGC-NET) is any guide, then insofar as history is concerned, the professional standards required of aspiring university teachers are not too demanding. The paradox is that some of the brightest students, many of them engaged in cutting-edge research, find it extremely difficult to cross this hurdle. On the other hand, NET-qualified candidates appearing for interviews for teaching positions in colleges often have difficulty in naming even a single decent book pertaining to the subject. Since these statements might appear to be assertions based on subjective impressions or anecdotal evidence, a close scrutiny of the history question papers for the recently held NET (June 2013) examination would demonstrate the manner in which the UGC is actually damaging the discipline through the rather unimaginative format it has chosen for assessing the potential of candidates.

Questions on Modern History

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