UGC throws open doors to foreign PhD degree holders

Pranita Roy
Thursday, 14 June 2018

According to Clause 12 of UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil/PhD) Regulation, 2016, if the MPhil/PhD degree is awarded by a foreign university

PUNE: Those holding PhD degrees from universities abroad will now find it easier to get jobs in India as the the University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all concerned persons to treat their PhD degrees as equivalent degrees to those from Indian universities. 

Besides, they will be exempted from appearing for the National Eligibility Test (NET) and can apply directly for posts of assistant professor.

According to Clause 12 of UGC (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of M.Phil/PhD) Regulation, 2016, if the MPhil/PhD degree is awarded by a foreign university, the Indian Institution considering such a degree shall refer the issue to a standing committee constituted by the concerned institution for the purpose of determining the equivalence of the degree awarded by the foreign university.

“It was a tedious task to seek equivalence from Association of Indian Universities (AIU). It would take at least six to eight months.

Many a times a PhD holder would lose  the job opportunity due to the delay.  Many would return abroad to seek jobs since the procedures would take one or two years,” said Aditya Abhyankar, Dean of Faculty of Technology at Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU). Abhyankar holds a PhD from Clarkson University and has been working at the university for past 10 years.

However, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has been receiving queries from stakeholders seeking clarification on procedure of equivalence of PhD degree from foreign universities to those of an Indian university for appointment to post of assistant professor in Indian university or college. 

The UGC held a meeting in this regard at which it was decided that “any foreign PhD degree which is held equivalent by AIU by following its own procedure may also be treated valid for exemption from NET,” said Professor Rajnish Jain, Secretary of UGC.

“This decision will have a huge impact on foreign returnees, since the procedures have been eased. It has become automated so they will not have to wait for months to be recruited,” said Abhyankar.

Speaking about the impact of imparting quality of education by PhD holders from overseas, Abhyankar said, “The research culture is stronger in foreign universities. They have impactful research and patents. 

Their overall experience makes a difference in teaching technique as well. Hence their contribution to academic holds a lot of credibility and adds to imparting quality  education.”

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