Centre approves Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

Jayita Ekka updated on : 31 Aug 2015
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Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in higher education will facilitate tapping eminent scientists and entrepreneurs from abroad for tie-ups with institutes in India.

GIAN will help increase provide opportunity to Indian faculty to learn & share knowledge and develop teaching skills!

The Centre has given the green light to a new plan - the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) - in higher education that will 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.

Participating institutes & Group leaders:

Group Coordinator

Participating Institutes

IIT Kharagpur

IITs, NITs, IIITs, IIEST

IISc

IISc and IISER

Jawahar Lal University (JNU)

Central universities and law schools

IIM Bangalore (IIM B)

Business schools

 

 

IIT Kharagpur will be National Coordinator

Click here to visit the website for GIAN


"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, a student will need to cover 10 to 14 hours over a period of at least one week covering five working days.

Benefits of Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

  • The courses offered by the host institute will be thrown open to others as well
  • 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.

Source: HT Kolkata

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