Prior Approval Must To Hire Pakistani Faculties: MHA To IITs

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has asked the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs) not to hire faculties from countries such as Pakistan and Afghanistan without seeking its approval.

No such requirement is, however, needed to hire faculties from other nations.

According to a report in Live Mint, the MHA has made it clear that its prior approval is required when the faculty proposed to be appointed is from ‘Prior Reference Category countries’ such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan and foreigners of Pakistani origin.

The clarification from the MHA has come at a time when these elite institutes have stepped up hiring of foreign faculties to make the IITs a true global brand and attract bright minds from abroad.

Foreign professors are issued long term employment visa for a period of five years, with a provision to extend it for another five years.

As per rules, they are required to register with the foreigners regional registration office once a year.

According to the Live Mint report, the Ministry of External Affairs has also made it clear that the IITs need not seek its clearance for the hiring of foreign faculties.

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