PhD Holders from Top 500 World Universities Eligible for Direct Recruitment as Assistant Professor (Download PDF)


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All PhD holders who are involved w/research programmes in India or pursuing higher education in foreign universities can rejoice now. After completing their Doctoral degree, they will be eligible for direct recruitment as assistant professors in Indian universities, according to UGC.

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UGC’s new recruitment norms stated that top 500 ranking of university shall be referred from 4 famous world university ranking systems –

  • Quacquarelli Symonds (QS)

  • Times Higher Education rankings (THE)

  • Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)

  • According to new norm min. requirements related to Masters’ programme are waived off for international PhD holders, while PhD degree holders from Indian universities w/required percentage in Masters’ are eligible for direct recruitment.

  • Direct recruitment eligibility of international PhD holders is applicable for disciplines of Arts, Commerce, Humanities, Education, Law, Social Sciences, Sciences, Languages, Library Science, Physical Education & Journalism & Mass Communication.

  • This will help students learn from global talent in India itself.

  • Direct recruitment eligibility grants candidates exemption from written test, but their performance in interview will be deciding factor for their appointment.

  • Eligible candidates were earlier required to have min. 55 % marks in Master’s degree in concerned subject from Indian University or equivalent degree from accredited foreign university.

  • They expected to clear National Eligibility Test conducted by UGC or CSIR, or similar test accredited by UGC, like SLET, SET.

- Published/Last Modified on: January 16, 2019

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