Overseas Citizen of India Cardholders Can Apply to Teach at IISc and New AIIMS

An order to declare OCI cardholders eligible for teaching in IISc, Bengaluru and new AIIMS was issued on Aug.2. OCI cardholder teachers may help to fill the vacant seats of faculty in these prestigious institutes of country.


Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders are eligible to apply for teaching in Indian Institute of Science (IISc) in Bengaluru or the new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) coming up in the country, reported PTI.

The news agency cited officials of Ministry of Home Affairs on Sept.27, who said that the decision to allow OCI cardholders to teach in these institutes has been taken as various teaching posts have remained vacant due to shortage of eligible candidates. Officials also told that an order in this regard has been issued.

On the MHA website, a document titled “Ministry of Home Affairs-Major Achievements, significant Development and important events for the month of August, 2018” states, “An Order dated 02.08.2018 was issued specifying that a person registered as an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholder under section 7 A of the Citizenship Act, 1955 shall be eligible for appointment as teaching faculty in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and the new AIIMS set up by the Central Government under the Pradhan Mantra Swasthya Suraksha Yojana.”

In the first convocation of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar last month, Union Health Minister J P Nadda had said government is setting up 22 new AIIMS across the country. He had also accepted that the healthcare sector is facing the shortage of skilled human resource.

Under the OCI scheme, those persons of Indian origin (PIO) can apply for OCI card, who are citizen of other country but at the time of, or any time after the commencement of constitution, were citizen of India or were eligible to become citizen of India. There are other categories as well but persons, who have been citizens of Pakistan or Bangladesh are not eligible for OCI cards.

The MHA website says that “Persons registered as OCI Cardholder have not been given any voting rights, election to Lok Sabha/Rajya Sabha/Legislative Assembly/Council, holding Constitutional posts such as President, Vice President, Judge of Supreme Court/High Court etc.”

It further adds that registered OCI Cardholders shall be entitled to multiple entry lifelong visa for visiting India for any purpose. However, these cardholders will have to take a special permission to undertake research work in India for which they may submit the application to the Indian Mission/ Post/ FRRO concerned.

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