CBSE chairman RK Chaturvedi has asked UGC to hold the examination
The University Grants Commission (UGC) may organise the National Eligibility Test (NET) that is to be conducted in January 2017. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which has asked the apex regulatory body for education, to take over the responsibility for conducting the exam as it wishes to focus on improving the quality of instruction in schools.
Sources stated that the R K Chaturvedi, chairman, CBSE has sent a letter to UGC chairman Ved Prakash urging UGC to take over NET. An official at CBSE stated, "The decision of the CBSE for not conducting UGC-NET from 2017 onwards is based on very cogent administrative reasons. It has been categorically conveyed to the UGC to take over the NET exam from January, 2017 and the Board will extend technical support if needed."
Officials stated that CBSE is responsible for conducting various entrances examinations for undergraduate programmes and recruitment to the Kendriya Vidyalayas besides the UGC-NET exam. The board is therefore overburdened.
An official from the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) stated that MHRD might still ask CBSE to continue conducting NET.