The Centre has given its green light to a new plan – the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) – in higher education that would facilitate tapping eminent scientists and entrepreneurs from abroad for tieups with institutes in the country. The coordinating institute for this programme would be IIT Kharagpur.
IIT Kharagpur would be group leader for IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIEST. IISc would be the group leader for IISc and IISER and JNU would represent central universities and law schools while IIM Bangalore would represent business schools. Moreover, IIT Kharagpur would be the national coordinator and the website for this programme would be (email@example.com).
“The programme would be implemented by GIAN implementation committee chaired by Vinay Sheel Oberoi, secretary, department of higher education, ministry of human resource development. Now, IIT Kharagpur will lead the GIAN programme to bring international faculty to India. Visits for 500 courses have been planned in 2015-16. An amount of Rs 35 crore has been set aside for this,” said prof PP Chakrabarti, director, IIT Kharagpur.
GIAN is an evolving scheme which will initially include participation of foreign faculty for delivering short or semester-long courses. For earning one credit during a course, one would need to cover 10 to 14 hours over a period of at least one week covering five working days.
The courses offered by the host institute would be thrown open to others also. At least 50% of the participants need to be from other institutes. The host institution will allow transfer of credits if required by the participating institutions.
Besides foreign faculty, faculty members from all IITs, NITs, IISc, IISERs, IIEST, National Law Schools, IIMs, central universities and state universities who have received A category ranking under NAAC can submit proposals to offer a subject.
Foreign faculty/experts from academic institutions, research organisations and industries can also submit course proposals or send their expressions of interest to take part as international faculty. The GIAN programme is aimed at augmenting the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reforms and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity as per global standards.
According to IIT-KGP, the proposed GIAN will help increase footfalls of reputed international faculty in Indian academic institutes, provide opportunity to Indian faculty to learn and share knowledge and develop teaching skills in new areas.
It also provides an opportunity to the country’s students to seek knowledge and experience from reputed international faculty.