New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Wednesday said that PhD holders, that is, doctoral degree holders from top 500 foreign universities were eligible for direct recruitment as an assistant professor in Indian universities.

The top 500 ranking of the university will be taken from the four famous world university ranking systems– that is the Quacquarelli Symonds, Times Higher Education rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University, said the UGC.

As per a senior UGC official, doing so will help students learn from global talent in India itself. The official further said, “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 and Journalism and Mass Communication.”

Candidates must note that a minimum of 55 per cent marks in Master’s in the above-mentioned subjects from an Indian University or from an accredited foreign university is required. Candidate must also have cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) conducted by the UGC or the CSIR or for that matter, similar tests accredited by the UGC, like SLET, SET etc.

This doesn’t mean that PhD holders from Indian universities wouldn’t be eligible for the same. Even students having a PhD degree from India itself would be given direct recruitment. It must be noted that minimum requirements related to Master’s programme have been waived off for international PhD holders.

“The direct recruitment eligibility only grants candidates an exemption from the written test but their performance in the interview will be a deciding factor for their appointment,” the official added.