Wednesday, October 21, 2015

India’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) - Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN. Our Viewpoint: Engineering professionals who have the ability to transfer industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government

Our Viewpoint: This is a welcome move for bringing the collective academic and research experience from the overseas to our country. One of the major flaws reported in our education system is the gap between industrial expectations and academic system. We come across many reports citing the inefficiency in our curriculum and unsound industry-academia interaction that make graduates not readily employable by industries in India. They are exposed to industrial processes entirely different from the fundamental education path. Our country provides the big pool of engineers for industrial growth in other countries. A large number of schemes like visiting professor and various fellowships are available for the academic and research community. But Engineering professionals who have the
ability to transfer direct industrial knowledge are not given a proper berth in such schemes offered by the government and private academic institutions in India.

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Article Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/noted-scientists-academicians-agree-to-teach-under-gian/
Publication Date: 20 October 2015

Noted scientists, academicians agree to teach under GIAN

Scholars recruited through the GIAN initiative will be paid anything between $8,000 and $12,000 for a contact programme of up to 28 hours. Each of these lectures will also be available online.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet education project to rope in eminent scholars from abroad to teach at Centrally-funded institutions has elicited a response from the likes of Sheldon Pollock, David Shulman and Judith Butler. The HRD ministry is in the process of recruiting as many as 200 scientists and academicians under the Global Initiative of Academic Network or GIAN, a
short-term teaching programme that will be launched by the PM next month.

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