UGC NET Syllabus for Punjabi subject changed

UGC NET Syllabus for Punjabi – As per the Hindustan times report the University Grant Commission (UGC) has recently made the change in the Punjabi Syllabus for the National Eligibility Test (NET). In the new Punjabi syllabus for NET, the poetry of two Sikh Gurus, Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Das has been excluded.


As per the new syllabus for Punjabi, Sufi and Gurmat poetry is now combined in one unit. The unit now, includes the poetry of five Sikh Gurus — Guru Nanak Dev, Guru Angad Dev, Guru Arjun Dev, Guru Tegh Bahadur and Guru Gobind Singh — under the sub-head ‘Major Guru Poets’.


As per the report the syllabus is changed by inviting suggestions from senior professors from different universities.


National Eligibility Test (NET) is conducted for the posts of Junior Research Fellowship or eligibility for Assistant Professor or both in Indian University. The test is conducted by the National Testing Agency (NTA) on behalf of University Grant Commission.


Different response has been received from Punjab University, Department of Punjabi


  • Department of Punjabi faculty member Sukhdev Singh of Panjab University (PU) said, “The UGC should include the poetry of all the Gurus. If it was going to reduce the syllabus, it could select from their works and not exclude any. The poetry of Guru Amar Das and Guru Ram Das is extremely significant.”
  • Ram Singh, a research scholar at the department, said, “Bani (Gurmat poetry) tells us about the rational approach of the period. The poetry written by each Guru is important. If the UGC took this decision without realizing the importance of their work, it raises questions on its competence. If the new syllabus was designed by professors of Punjabi, the decision is all the more questionable.”
  • A senior teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said the sub-head ‘Major Guru Poets’ is also questionable.
  • Panjab University (PU) Department of Punjabi Chairperson Yograj Angrish said that, “This was probably done to reduce the syllabus. The two Gurus should not have been excluded. Sufi poetry and Gurmat poetry have been included in a single unit even though the Sufi and Gurmat period is called the golden period.” He also objected to the 10th unit of the new syllabus that is called ‘miscellaneous.’ He said, “Over 20 points have been included in this unit which has no direct relation to Punjabi literature, intelligence or cognition.”