In a recently conducted press conference Professor P P Chakraborty, Director of IIT-Kharagpur said, “500 new courses with an investment of Rs. 35 crore have been launched which will be taught by foreign teachers in the academic session 2015-16.”
From this academic session onwards under the ‘Global Initiative of Academic Networks’ commonly known as GIAN, foreign faculty members will be appointed to teach the students of prestigious institutions namely, IITs, IIMs and IISc. The 500 courses that have been introduced from this session onwards will be made available to the participating institutions by IIT Kharagpur. These courses will surely prove beneficial and fruitful in the long run.
Under GIAN, IIT Kharagpur has been selected as national co-ordinator to associate with prestigious institutions like IITs, IIMs, NITs, IISc, etc. All the programmes offered will be strictly monitored by the appointed GIAN Implementation committee. Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Secretary, Department of Higher Education under the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development would head the Committee.
In the future, GIAN will be of great importance as Indian Universities and Institutions will be able to come in close association with International faculty and pave a smooth path for the foreign students to visit India and Indian students to visit foreign nations to complete their research work or do the research in the home country itself under the guidance of Foreign faculty members and Foreign students.
The students and teachers of several institutes and universities will also get golden opportunities to enable promotion of interaction and learning niche subject areas. Interactive seminars will also be conducted wherein the knowledge and understanding of the technical person of the Indian industries will be updated in their respective fields.
On the initial basis in the newly launched program, foreign faculty members will visit the participating institutes as distinguished, adjunct visiting faculty. They would also be considered professors of practice and sometimes they would be required to deliver lectures either in the short term courses or semester-long courses.
Further during the press conference, Chakraborty also mentioned that their flagship programme, the International Summer Winter Term (ISWT), has been accepted and has got recognition at the national-level.
As per the statements given by the officials of IIT’s, “In the International Summer Winter Term program the appointed visiting International experts will be required to work upon the prevailing problems in India and further develop high-quality course material in both forms i.e. video and print in niche areas, which will prove beneficial to the teachers and students in the near future in their academic studies.”