Faculty dearth: OCI cardholders become eligible to teach in new AIIMS, IISc


NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 30: Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders can now apply to teach in the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru and the upcoming AIIMS across different parts of the country. This step has been taken to solve the issue of innumerable teaching posts lying vacant in these institutions because of the dearth of eligible candidates. 

22 new AIIMS to be set up

The Home Ministry has notified that a person registered as an OCI cardholder under Section 7A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 can be appointed as teaching faculty in the IISc and the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences set up by the central government under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.

The Union Health Minister J P Nadda had earlier announced setting up of 22 new AIIMS across the country while addressing the first convocation of the AIIMS Bhubaneswar in August this year. He also acknowledged the shortage of capable human resource in the health sector. “Twenty-two new AIIMS are coming up across the country under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Surakhya Yojana to reduce the regional imbalance in the health care and tertiary fields,” Nadda has been quoted as saying to a news daily.

The functions of AIIMS include offering UG and PG teaching in medical and related physical biological sciences to the students along with nursing and dental education. The institute also brings out medical teachers for the country.

Who can register as an OCI?

The Overseas Citizen of India card scheme was introduced in 2006 during the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas convention in Hyderabad. Under the scheme, all Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) who were Indian citizens on January 26, 1950 or afterwards or were entitled to become Indian citizens on January 26, 1950 can register as an OCI. However, this had an exception of those who had been a citizen of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

About Overseas Citizens of India 

A registered OCI has access to multiple entries and lifelong visa to visit India. Also, the OCI is not required to register with Foreign Regional Registration Officer/Foreign Registration Officer for any duration of stay in India. The person is equivalent to Non-Resident Indians regarding the economic, financial and educational facilities. Though, they are exempted from the matters related to the acquisition of plantation/agricultural properties.