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Govt to roll out red carpet to foreign faculty in IITs, IIMs

With academics emerging as a major sector for investment, the Narendra Modi- government would pitch for tie-ups with US universities during President Barack Obama’s forthcoming visit. To make it happen, the Union Human Resource Ministry (HRD) has designed a new scheme christened as Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN).

The programme GIAN, a pet project of HRD minister Smriti Irani, aims to deal with the faculty crunch at IITs, IIMs, NITs and central varsities.

Under the GIAN project, HRD ministry would invite noted foreign academicians to teach in technical institutions in atleast one semester and their honorarium would be paid from the account of  the Centre.

Sources in the HRD ministry told Millennium Post that a meeting of stakeholders such as IITs, IIMs, central universities, was held on Monday to prepare a final draft of presentation under the chairmanship of higher education secretary Satyanarayan Mohanty.  At the meeting it was decided that IIT Kharagpur director Partha Pratim Chakraborty would prepare the draft, showcasing the benefits of GIAN to attract foreign academicians for the benefit of technical students.

In the meeting, which was attended by other IIT, IIM directors, P P Chakraborty was directed to prepare the draft on GIAN giving all details such honorarium for the visiting faculty, the academic session during which their services could be best utilised, expected foreign universities from where teaching faculty could be tapped.

According to a report submitted by HRD ministry in the Lok Sabha during  the Winter Session, , there are approximately 39 per cent and 22 per cent vacancy in teaching positions in 16 IITs and 13 IIMs respectively. The reasons for faculty shortage are retirement, resignation, increase in students’ intake and non-availability of qualified candidates for taking up teaching assignments, the report had stressed.
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