UGC has sent a letter to the Osmania University, and they expressed overall satisfaction over the smooth and successful conduct of SET last year.
Usually UGC grants accreditation for one year, but it is a rare distinction that Osmania University has given accreditation for the next three consecutive years starting from June, 2013, a statement from the OU said.
Accordingly UGC, New Delhi has been conducting the UGCNET Examination regularly. It has felt that an eligibility test at the national level may not be completely able to represent the subjects which are regional in their character. Moreover, there was a demand from the aspiring candidates to appear for the test in their own mother tongue, wherever applicable.
The OU intends to conduct the SET this year in August. The State governments and Union Territories have given an option of conducting SET examinations in English and respective languages for eligibility for Lecturer and assistant professor jobs at the State-level.
Every year Osmania University conducts Andhra Pradesh State Eligibility Test (AP. SET) for candidates besides possessing minimum academic qualifications are required to qualify in a comprehensive test specifically conducted for the purpose of obtaining eligibility for appointment as Lecturers/Assistant Professors.
The State Eligibility Test (SET) is based on the pattern of the National Eligibility Test (CSIR/UGCNET) conducted by UGC/CSIR. The State Governments and Union Territories, who wish to conduct the SET are supposed to obtain accreditation from UGC from time to time.
Now, the Andhra Pradesh Government has decided to conduct SET Examination in the interest of a large number of aspirants for recruitment as Assistant Professors/Lecturers through direct recruitment or by promotions in universities and degree colleges in the State and also to facilitate the candidates to appear for the test in Telugu medium, wherever applicable.