Indian institutes attract numerous global students every year and collaborative education is the only way out that can improve the impact of knowledge. Ministry of Human Resource and Development has always been in favor of the dynamic variety in approved courses ranging from science and technology to arts, social science, management etc. So as to encourage the quality of the country’s higher education institutes, Union HRD Minister Smt Smriti Irani inaugurated MHRD’s new scheme titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) on November 30, 2015 at IIT Gandhinagar.
Further the long term goals of GIAN is in the process but there will be interlinking of many programmes with GIAN such as IMPRINT, National Digital Library. MHRD will not control the courses to be taught and it is to be decided by the home institution proposing the course. Along with the launch of GIAN, two 10-day-long courses – “l3D Digitization for Cultural Heritage” at IIT Gandhinagar, and “Orthopaedic Biomechanics: Implants and Biomaterials” at IIT Kharagpur were also inaugurated.
In the current financial year MHRD has allocated Rs 35 crore for GIAN. For this year under the scheme 500 international faculty will be engaged and 1000 in subsequent years to offer short courses and programs throughout India. 200 Indian institutes will host GIAN courses this year. The number of institutions will grow to 500 in the following years.
As per the reports somewhere around 60% of the courses are for non-IIT institutions like UGC state universities, central universities, AICTE affiliated engineering colleges, management institutions. What is best is that courses under GIAN will have credit facility keeping in mind the Tagore’s quote ‘where knowledge is free’. Earlier Prime Minister Narendra Modi recommended that no student in the home institutions would be required to pay additional fee for attending these courses. So words of both legendries have been made true.
So far 495 courses have been proposed by different higher education institutes in India to be conducted under GIAN and above mentioned two courses are among the 209 courses approved to be conducted. For the flagship programme, IIT Kharagpur the nodal institution has been selected as the national coordinator and has been approved for 33 courses. It is expected that more than 350 academicians from 38 countries are participating in this programme in 13 broad disciplines which currently includes 68 national institutes.
Smt. Irani while addressing the gathering laid focus on facilitating transfer of course credit and that the course can also be expanded to government colleges for students to learn from international faculty. Further she added, “The course will help even those students from small colleges learn from international faculty who may have never thought about it.”
The minimum eligibility for most of the courses is post graduation. Candidates who are postgraduate and are ready to augment industry and research professionals are eligible. However the undergraduate students at senior level can also participate in these courses so as to gain experience in teaching methodologies of international experts. Interested candidates can register for the courses on the official website of GIAN.