The BJP-led NDA government’s pet project Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) will be launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Canada’s capital Ottawa on April 16. The programme seeks to invite distinguished academicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, experts from premier institutions from across the world, to teach in the higher educational institutions in India.
While India has already signed an MoU with US under which 1,000 visiting US academics will take up short-term teaching and research programmes in Indian universities, the Canada launch, sources said, will help other countries to collaborate on GIAN.
Before the launch the HRD ministry has called a meeting of the programmes’ action committee next week to finalise some of the proposals from Canadian universities.
The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organisation that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges, is coordinating the launch.
Under GIAN foreign academics will be paid Rs 6-8lakh for a 20 day teaching session in Indian institutes.
The ministry has zeroed in on Manjul Bhargava, the R Brandon Fradd Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, and a winner of the Fields Medal to spearhead the programme.
Bhargava will be entrusted with the task of roping in top academics and scientists for the programme.
The government believes the initiative will help students across streams to get exposure to the best of faculties from abroad.
The foreign academics will teach in centrally-funded educational bodies like IITs and central universities and also institutes which are in A grade.