UGC clarifies on equivalence of foreign PhD degrees; AIU certified will be exempted from NET
EduLegaL News, New Delhi: The University Grants Commission (UGC)
after facing several queries on the issue of validity of PhD degrees earned
through foreign university for admissions and recruitment in Indian
institutions has now come forward with their clarification.
In a recent notice issued by the higher education regulator
dated June 8 it has highlighted their decision taken in March this year over
the issue. The UGC now claims that any foreign PhD degree that has been
ratified by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU) would be treated at
par with the PhD degrees earned from Indian universities.
The lack of clarify often marred the recruitment of Assistant
Professors in Indian universities who used to hold foreign PhD degrees. To
allay the apprehensions of the teaching fraternity, the UGC now says that an
AIU ratification of their degrees could be of help for the which can help them
from exempting the NET for their recruitments.
In the notice issued on their website recently, the UGC said,
“Any foreign PhD degree which is held equivalent by AIU by following its own
procedure may also be treated valid for exemption from NET for appointment as
Assistant Professor in Indian Universities and Colleges.”
It also added, “It is, therefore, clarified that the
universities can use the above provision also for determining the validity of
foreign PhD degrees for exemption from NET for appointment as Assistant
Professor in Indian Universities/Colleges.”
The position earlier as per Clause 12 of University Grants
Commission (Minimum Standards and Procedure for Award of MPhil/PhD)
Regulations, 2016 was that 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. This obviously led to vesting lot of discretion with the
Institution. Instead the present clarification brings a standardisation.
Nevertheless, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar on June 13
also announced in a press conference in New Delhi that PhD degrees would be
made mandatory for the recruitment of teachers in Indian universities from
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he University Grants Commission (UGC) after
facing several queries on the issue of validity of PhD degrees earned through
foreign university for admissions and recruitment in Indian institutions has
now come forward with their clarification.