GIAN attracts foreign faculty, but just in tech institutes

Written by Harshad Patankar
Few months back Government has launched Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), to boost education with the international collaboration; this will attract foreign faculty to teach for a term in India, is slowly finding its feet but primarily in IITs, NITs and technical education.
 Only in following institutes
  1. NIT
  2. Patna
  3. Jamia Millia Islamia
  4. IIT, Kharagpur and
  5. IIT, Gandhinagar

foreign faculty is teaching non-science courses.

Which courses are taught

  • In NIT, Patna a course on conservation and architectural heritage of 19th and 20th century is being taught by a foreign faculty.
  • In Jamia, a course on ‘Religious Fundamentalism in a Global Perspective: Islam, Christianity and Judaism’ will start from next week.
  • In IIT, Kharagpur a course is already underway on planning and management of cultural heritage sites.
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Proposal for 140 courses sent by various institutions/universities have been rejected. As of early February, 88 courses were sent for review. An integral component of GIAN is to make available courses offered by foreign teachers and 21 of them have been uploaded for wider dissemination. In case of 32 courses, confirmation to spend one term in India is awaited from foreign teachers. While in five cases, foreign faculty has declined to come.

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The Spending on Programme

The Centre will spend $8,000 on each teacher for a term. Teacher will taught around Twelve courses in IIT, Kharagpur, on subjects ranging from orthopaedic biomechanics to robotics.
Among IIMs, the ones in Ranchi and Kozhikode have attracted foreign faculty. While students of IIM, Ranchi, are taking a course on sports and entertainment marketing, in Kozhikode a course is being taught on impersonal, interpersonal and hyperpersonal communication at work.
Universities like Hari Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, an MP university, Tezpur University and Central University of Gujarat have also opted for foreign faculty.

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Harshad Patankar

My name is Harshad Patankar and I am the chief blogger at BumbleBeeHub Blog and where I like to share my internet/tech experience along with some fascinating updates around the Business, Technology, Education and Government sectos with my online readers on this website. You can read more about me at my About Page. You can follow me on Twitter, Facebook & Google