Indian Institutes Get Choosy with Foreign Faculty for Short-term Courses
Experts reject 200 proposals made by foreign faculty to teach under GIAN
New Delhi: Over200proposalsmade by foreign faculty to teach at Indian institutes under the Centre’s GIAN scheme have been rejected by the committeeof academicexpertswhen foundtheydidnotmeetqualitystandardsorbringadequatevalueaddition to the classroom.
The Smriti Irani-led HRD ministry had launched the Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN) scheme lastyearinabidtobringinternational academics to the Indian campus for greateracademicexposuretobothstudents and faculty. The Centre has backed GIAN with financial incentives on par with what China offered global academics to teach at their varsities— offeringaremunerationranging from $8,000- $12,000 to teach at IITs, IIMs, Central Universities, NITs and state universities as well.
From a total of 1236 proposals made by foreign faculty under the GIAN scheme, as many as 209 were ‘rejected’ by Chairmen of Sectional Committee — 12 sector specific committees manned by experts from IITs, IIMs, Indian Institute of Science and even retired professors.
Three of the courses were even withdrawn when found not satisfactory. In five cases, the foreign faculty declined to hold the courses largely due to unavailability of dates that matched the institute’s academic calendar, data accessed by ET shows. Till date, 403 courses by foreign faculty have been approved.
“Yes, we do reject courses if they do not fit into our scheme of things or are simplynotgoodenough.WeatSectoral Committeesaregoingpurelybymerit andvalueof thecourseproposed.Just becausesomeoneisfromaforeignvarsity does not mean the course will be accepted. We want distinguished foreignfacultytoteachattheinstitutesin India and enrich the academic atmos- phereandmakesignificantvalueaddition. Sometimes the faculty may be good also but the course may not suit us, hence rejection,” a chairman of a Sectoral Committee that looks at GIAN proposals.