UGC Programs



Coaching for NET/SET for SC / ST/ OBC (non-creamy layer) & Minorities


The Eleventh Plan focuses on ‘Inclusiveness’, with equal access to all. However, a review of the enrolment rate reveals different types of disparities – rural-urban, interstate, inter-caste, inter-religious, gender, economic and occupational. The Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for tertiary education is significantly lower than the national average in case of SC, ST and also in some religious 33 groups. It is important that schemes should be developed whereby the access of students from SC, ST, OBC (noncreamy layer) and Minority communities is improved at a faster rate so that the gap in enrolment rate ( with the national average ) is reduced. It is also important that these students not only complete higher education but are encouraged to choose teaching as a career and become role models to others of their group. In order to ensure that more and more SC / ST/ OBC (non-creamy layer) candidates as well as candidates from Minority communities become eligible to apply for teaching posts, the UGC will continue the scheme for coaching SC/ ST and Minorities to prepare for National Eligibility Test (NET) or State Eligibility Test (SET) for Lecturers, during the Eleventh Plan. Students belonging to Other Backward Classes, economically weaker sections and physically challenged students may also avail of this coaching facility.

2. Objectives :- The main objective of the scheme is to prepare SC /ST candidates and candidates from Minority communities for appearing in NET or SET, so that sufficient number of candidates become available for selection of Lecturers in the University system from these groups.

3. Eligibility:- Colleges with postgraduate departments and covered under Sections 2(f) and 12B of the UGC Act will be considered for financial assistance under this scheme. Students belonging to SC/ST/OBC (excluding creamy layer)/ Minority communities and 20% of the total number of other students may be considered for coaching under this scheme.