India eases rules on foreign recruitment at universities

India’s University Grants Commission has confirmed that all doctoral degree holders from the top 500 foreign universities will be eligible for direct recruitment as an assistant professor in Indian universities, reports The Indian Wire.

According to the reports, the top 500 ranks will be decided on the basis of the famous world university ranking systems of the Quacquarelli Symonds or QS rankings, the Times Higher Education rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University. “The direct recruitment eligibility of international PhD holders is applicable for the disciplines of arts, commerce, humanities, education, law, social sciences, sciences, languages, library science, physical education, journalism and mass communication,” a senior University Grants Commission (UGC) official said.

Earlier, the candidates eligible for the post were required to achieve a minimum of 55% in a masters degree in the related subject from an Indian university or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign university. The candidates were also required to clear the National Eligibility Test conducted by the UGC or the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, or a similar test accredited by the UGC.
Full report on The Indian Wire site