In­dian In­sti­tutes Get Choosy with For­eign Fac­ulty for Short-term Courses

Ex­perts re­ject 200 pro­pos­als made by for­eign fac­ulty to teach un­der GIAN

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

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.

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