Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)

Recently the Union Cabinet has approved a new program titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education.It is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

MHRD Scheme on International Summer/Winter Term (ISWT) under GIAN:

Objective: To arrange Guest Lectures by international renowned experts.

(1) Long and Short Term Goals:
a. To increase the footfalls of reputed international faculty in the Indian academic institutes.
b. Provide opportunity to our faculty and students to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting edge areas.
c. To create avenue for possible collaborative research.
d. To increase participation and presence of international students in the academic Institutes.
e. Opportunity for the students of different Institutes/Universities to interact and learn subjects in niche areas through collaborative learning process.
f. Provide opportunity for the technical persons from Indian Industries to improve understandings and update their knowledge in relevant areas.
g. Motivate the best international experts in the world to work on problems related to India.

The important aspects of the ISWT programme area as follows:
i. Academic Institute/Universities will indentify one or more subjects to be offered in this MHRD scheme. This subject typically should not be offered in the regular semesters/year and can be interdisciplinary/industry oriented/ research oriented in nature and scope.
ii. Duration: Subjects should be offered in the Summer and Winter vacation of the host Institute.
iii. Each subject should be taught by at least one reputed international faculty jointly with one faculty from the host Institute. One additional faculty may be associated from another academic/ research organization in India.
iv. The international faculty should be-
o an expert in the area specified in the subject.
o working in academic institutions / industry / research organizations / independent researcher of international repute.
o encouraged to engage in a long term collaborative research programme with faculty members of the host Institute.
v. Each subject should be designed as per following:
Duration of a lecture hour: 1hr.
Total number of lectures: 30
Maximum lectures per day: 3 lectures and / or tutorials ( eg 2 lectures and 1 tutorial)
Total duration of a subject: 10 working days.
vi. The students can also obtain academic credits for these subjects based on the evaluation and grading process and agreed credit transfer mechanism between that host institute and the home institute of the students. The home university of the student will be mainly responsible for transferring academic credits. The host institute will only provide information on the grading system, subject syllabus, and the academic policy.
vii. A number of course would be taught by the Institute during the International Summer/Winter term. The participants have to resister for the subjects offered in this ISWT scheme with payments of registration fee plus the subject fee for each subject registered. While, the registration fee would be a nominal fee for registering for the course, once selected, the subject fee would depend on the number of subjects, the participants chooses to take.
viii. After successful completion of the subject , all participants, will get subject participation certificates. Those participating in examinations will get completion certificates with grades and credits.
ix. Each course should have a minimum of 50 participants. At least 30 participants must be teachers and students from other institutions, among whom at least 20 must be teachers from other Institutions.

The eminent foreign faculty, which would be invited to this programme would also deliver lectures in few other colleges to the maximize benefits from his/her stay in India. The programme/lectures would be disseminated to the wider target population of teachers/ students (Besides the captive attendees) through the on-line platform SWAYAM for multiplier effect.

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