New Delhi, Sept. 19 (PTI): The Supreme Court today upheld the University Grants Commission’s policy of fixing the criteria for candidates for the National Eligibility Test (NET), saying they are not “arbitrary and illegal”.
A bench headed by Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said courts shall not interfere in matters of education and it is open to the UGC to lay down any qualifying criteria.
“We are of the view that in academic matters unless there is a clear violation of statutory provisions, regulations or the notification issued, the courts shall keep their hands off since those issues fall within the domain of the experts.”
The bench was hearing the UGC’s plea challenging Bombay High Court’s order setting aside the eligibility criteria fixed by the commission for the NET exam in June 2012 for junior research fellowship and lecturership.