NOIDA- As per University Grants Commission, the PhD degree holders from top 500 foreign universities will be considered for direct recruitment in Indian universities for assistant professor post. The parameters for defining top 500 universities will be based on their ranking over world university ranking systems including Times Higher Education rankings (THE ranking), the Academic Ranking of World Universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Quacquarelli Symonds (QS ranking).
Arts, commerce, humanities, education, law, social sciences, sciences, languages, library science, physical education, journalism and mass communication are the major disciplines for which the direct recruitment eligibility of international PhD holders is applicable. According to UGC officials, such an initiative will let the Indian students learn global education outlook.
Before this, the eligibility for assistant professor included the candidates with minimum 55% marks in Master’s degree in concerned subject from an Indian university or equal qualification from a recognized foreign university.
Moreover, qualifying the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC or the CSIR was also mandatory for the candidates. Or, any other tests with equal significance or accredited by UGC.
The aspirants who hold PhD degree from Indian universities with the eligible percentage in Master’s are also considered for direct recruitment. On the other hand, the international PhD degree holders are exempted from the minimum percentage requirement in master’s programme. The direct recruitment provision only waives off the written test for the candidates but their interview assessment will carry the same weightage and will be a crucial factor, said an UGC official.