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Faculty crunch: Irani seeks opinion from other mins on GIAN

In a bid to resolve the faculty crunch at premier technical institutions, the Human Resource Development Ministry headed by Smriti Irani has sought suggestions from different ministries and departments over engaging foreign faculties under Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN).

The idea of GIAN, a brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a talent pool of eminent scholars from India and abroad to teach at centrally funded institutions of excellence in the country.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Irani said, “The draft Cabinet Note on the GIAN scheme has been circulated to the concerned ministries and departments for their comments. The scheme seeks to invite distinguished academicians, entrepreneurs, scientists, experts including Indian Diaspora from premier institutions across the world, including USA to teach in the higher educational institutions in the country during summer and winter breaks.”

“The scheme envisages giving international exposure to students, addresses shortage of faculty and also provides opportunity to faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting-edge areas,” the HRD Minister told the Upper House.

It’s worth mentioning that HRD ministry has been tasked to work on the modalities, draft proposals and financial aspects to invite US academicians on short-term basis at various institutions.

IIT-Kharagpur Director PP Chakraborty, who was tasked draft the note by HRD Secretary SN Mohanty in January, has suggested that Rs 8 lakh would be paid to a teacher, including accommodation and remuneration, for availing their services.

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