Thursday, June 21, 2018

PhD degree will be mandatory for Teaching positions in Universities in India

PhD will be must for teaching at the university level. The University Grants Commission (UGC) has made a PhD degree mandatory for direct recruitment to assistant professors in universities in July 2021.

Teachers will also undergo a mandatory, month-long induction programme before starting work and also have to devote two hours to mentoring of students for community development/extracurricular activities.

The government has also done away with the “controversial” Academic Performance Indicator (API)-based appraisal, has introduced a simplified teacher evaluation grading system, and has added academic/research score for universities to improve research output.

Promotion in colleges up to the level of associate professor will be based on teaching-centric metrics and in universities, teaching and research-centric.

A PhD has also been made mandatory for promotion to the level of associate professor in colleges and assistant professor (Selection Grade) in universities from July 2021.

Human resource development (HRD) minister Prakash Javadekar announced these steps. “These changes have been made to attract and retain the best quality teachers and other academic staff in Universities and Colleges,” he said.

Officials said a Masters degree, with NET or PhD, will continue to be the minimum eligibility requirement for direct recruitment to the post of assistant professors in colleges.

For direct recruitment in universities, PhD was not mandatory and one could get recruited if they had a Masters degree and cleared the National Eligibility Test (NET) or had a PhD.

These changes are part of the soon to be notified “Minimum qualifications for Appointments of Teachers in universities and colleges and measures for maintenance of standards in higher education”.

To encourage the return of best brains who made a mark in foreign universities, a special provision for recruitment of assistant professors in universities and colleges for PhD degree holders from a university/institution in the top 500 global ranking has also been made.

For the first time provision for promotion in colleges will be up to professor level.

Also, teachers who will contribute by providing content on the SWAYAM (massive open online courses) platform will be given weights for career advancement scheme (CAS).

The special category of medal winners in Olympics, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games in eligibility criteria for assistant director/college director, physical education and sports and deputy director, physical education and sports in universities has been made to promote sports in universities and colleges.

Under the new assessment criteria, more focus is on teaching, and a relaxation of two hours would be given per week to those involved in extension activities and research.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dubai-based Emirates airline is hiring multiple Jobs

Emirates is looking at expanding its team in the UAE and is hiring across positions. The airline made multiple job postings on their official website last week.

The positions available are aircraft technician, cabin upholsterer, senior executive secretary, engineer flight simulator, maintenance supervisor, in-flight medical case coordinator, senior storekeeper, course support coordinator and many more.
 
For other job details and how to apply, click here.

The airline is looking for Australian workers and is holding a recruitment day this 23rd June in Sydney. Interested candidates need to attend and give their interviews.

If you want to know the requirements of the job, their website has few details.

[There are a few qualities which will make you stand out. Namely, you'll be positive, confident, flexible, friendly and very keen to help others. Here are the other things we look for in our candidates]

1. At least 21 years of age at the time of joining
2. Arm reach of 212 cm while standing on tiptoes
3. Minimum height of 160 cm
4. High school graduate (Grade 12)
5. Fluency in English (written and spoken)
6. No visible tattoos while you're in Emirates cabin crew uniform (cosmetic and bandage coverings aren't allowed)
7. Can adapt to new people, new places and new situations
8. Physically fit for this demanding role
The picture requirements for females

1. Business attire with a closely fitted jacket, knee length skirt, skin colour stockings and closed toe heels
2. Smart casual wear - we suggest jeans and a plain coloured t-shirt with closed toe high heels
3. No accessories
4. Hair should be neatly tied
5. Full make up
6. Full length photo (from the top of your head to your shoes)
7. Stand up straight with arms straight down by your side and both legs together
8. Face the camera straight on and ensure the photo is sharp and in focus
9. Find good lighting to avoid shadows
10. Plain background for your formal photo
And above all else please remember to smile
The picture requirements for males

1. Business attire with a closed jacket, shirt and tie
2. Smart casual wear - we suggest jeans and a plain coloured t-shirt with closed shoes
3. No accessories
4. Short hair neatly presented with minimal styling product
5. Clean shaven
6. Full length photo (from the top of your head to your shoes)
7. Stand up straight with arms straight down by your side and both legs together
8. Face the camera straight on and ensure the photo is sharp and in focus
9. Find good lighting to avoid shadows
10. Plain background for your formal photo
And above all else please remember to smile

The basic salary for the cabin crew is Dh4,260 per month along with flying pay. The approximate take away would be Dh9,500 of tax free income.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Sheikh Mohammed announces New Job visa rules in UAE


• UAE Cabinet announces the decision to abolish mandatory bank guarantee for labour recruitment and replace it with a low-cost insurance system.
• New visa facilitation procedures for visitors, residents, families & people overstaying their visa also adopted. 

• UAE exemption of transit passengers from all entry fees for first 48 hours approved. Transit visa extension for up to 96 hours for a fee of Dh50.  

• Cabinet decision grants people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a "no entry" stamp on their passport. 

• New 6-month visa to be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. Temporary visa to enhance the UAE's position as a land of opportunities, a destination for talents and professionals.

• UAE grants those who entered the country illegally a chance to leave voluntarily with a 'no entry' stamp for 2 years, if they present return ticket.

• UAE Cabinet allows individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa to do so for a fee, without having to leave and re-enter the country. 

• UAE Cabinet adopts a resolution on empowering 'People of Determination', enabling them to equal access the job market.  


The Cabinet, chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, adopted a number of strategic decisions with regards to foreign workers' insurance in the private sector, as well as a legislative package of visa facilitation.

A new insurance scheme for workers' guarantees has been introduced. The previous mandatory deposit of Dh3,000 per worker is now replaced by a new insurance that cost only Dh60 annually per worker.

The newly created scheme secures workers' rights in the private sector and reduces the burdens on employers. It allows businesses to recover approximately Dh14 billion, representing the value of current guarantees paid by employers, which will enable them to further invest in the development of their business. The system also enhances the ease of doing business in the UAE, which effectively contributes to market prosperity and growth.

The new system aims to achieve a wider coverage of the rights and entitlements for the workers. The value of the insurance policy in the new system is AED 60 per year for each worker and covers the workers' entitlements in terms of end of service benefits, vacation allowance, overtime allowance, unpaid wages, worker's return ticket and cases of work injury, in which the insurance coverage amounts to Dh20,000 per worker.

The Cabinet also adopted a number of visa facilitation for visitors, residents, families and people overstaying their visa to cater to a wider segment of the society. The Cabinet approved a new legislative package, including a review of the current residency system to allow a two-year extension of the residency period for the dependents of their parents after finishing their university studies.

A new decision has also been approved to exempt transit passengers from all entry fees for the first 48 hours. Transit visa can be extended for up to 96 hours for a fee of only Dh50. Obtaining transit visa will be facilitated by a number of the express counter at the passport-control hall across UAE airports.

In the same context, the Cabinet adopted a decision to grant people overstaying their visa a chance to leave the country voluntarily without a "no entry" passport stamp. A new 6-month visa will be introduced for job seekers who overstayed their visa but wish to work in the country. The temporary visa enhances the UAE's position as a land of opportunities and a destination for talents and professionals.

As for Individuals who entered the UAE illegally, they will have the chance to leave voluntarily with a "no entry" stamp for two years given that they provide a valid return ticket.
Equally, in a step aimed at simplifying the process and easing the financial burden on individuals wishing to adjust or renew their visa, they can now do so for a fee without having to leave and re-enter the country.

On the other hand, the Cabinet adopted a resolution on empowering "People of Determination" and enabling them to access the job market. The resolution provides them with the necessary support to obtain equal employment opportunities in various sectors in line with the Government's social development programs for all segments of the society.

In the same context, the Cabinet adopted the decision to host the headquarters of the Asian Paralympic Committee in the UAE to serve as a unique sports hub in Asia and to provide training courses and workshops for "People of Determination".

In the regulatory affairs, the Cabinet approved the amendment of the statutes of the Al Etihad Credit Bureau. It also adopted a draft law on the adoption of the unified final account for the fiscal year 2017 and approved an additional financial plan for the general budget of the Union for the fiscal year 2018.

The Cabinet adopted an agreement between the Government of the UAE and the Government of the Russian Federation on the mutual exemption of visa requirements for citizens of the UAE and the citizens of the Russian Federation, thus opening new horizons for mutual tourism, investment and trade.

The Cabinet also adopted an agreement between the Government of the United Arab Emirates and the International Exhibitions Bureau on the privileges and benefits accorded to official participants in Expo2020.

The Cabinet ratified two agreements on air transport services between the Government of the UAE and the Government The Republic of Guinea, and the Government of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis.

The Cabinet endorsed a number of agreements on the mutual protection of investments between the Government of the UAE and the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, the Government of the Republic of Uganda and the Government of the Republic of Colombia. As well as the endorsement of conventions on the avoidance of double taxation and the prevention of fiscal evasion in respect of taxes on income and capital with the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Government of the Republic of Rwanda, and the Government of Turkmenistan.

Monday, June 11, 2018

India Govt offers top Bureaucratic posts to Private sector Employees

 If you are a private sector professional above 40 years of age and with 15 years of work experience in any of the ten fields like economic affairs, civil aviation or commerce, the Narendra Modi government may hire you as a joint secretary. This “lateral entry” exercise is aimed at “bringing in fresh ideas and new approaches to governance and also to augment manpower”, says the government.

The Centre has opened ten such positions for lateral entry in as many ministries and departments. The selected individuals will be given three-year contracts — extendable to five years based on performance — in key ministries and given the pay scale of a joint secretary which is from Rs 1.44 lakh to Rs 2.18 lakh per month, plus perks like government accommodation and vehicle. Individuals working in private sector companies, consultancy firms and international or multinational organisations are eligible to apply.

There is a shortage of joint secretary-level officers at the Centre and a committee of secretaries, as well as the NITI Aayog, recommended lateral entry of professionals as joint secretaries to fill this gap. The post has been the domain of all-India service officers from the IAS, IRS, IPS and Income Tax Services.

"The Government of India is looking for ten outstanding individuals with expertise in the areas of revenue, financial services, economic affairs, agriculture, cooperation & farmers’ welfare, road transport & highways, shipping, environment, forests and climate change, new & renewable energy, civil aviation and commerce. The Government of India invites talented and motivated Indian nationals willing to contribute towards nation-building to join the government at the level of joint secretary,” the government said in a note.

Those who are interested need to apply online by July 30, 2018.

Joint secretaries, who report to the secretary or additional secretary in the ministry or department where they are posted, are at a crucial level of senior management in the government, the note said. “They lead policymaking as well as the implementation of various programmes and schemes of the department assigned to them.”

Officers of any state or union territory administration who are already working at an equivalent level or eligible for appointment to an equivalent level in their cadre with relevant experience, are also eligible to apply for these posts. Individuals working at comparable levels in public sector undertakings, autonomous bodies, statutory organisations, universities and recognised research institutes with a minimum of 15-year experience can also apply. Such candidates shall be appointed on deputation (including short-term contract) with a lien in the parent department.

For those joining from the private sector, the appointments will be on contract. “All appointees shall be deemed to be public servants for the purpose of the CCS (Conduct) Rules and such other statutes as notified by the government from time to time. The employment contract can be terminated by either side with a minimum notice period of three months. The shortlisted candidates will be called for a personal interaction with the selection committee,” the government said.