In order to attract foreign faculty in India, a programme
Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), was introduced. It has started
but only in IITs, NITs and technical education initially.
Foreign faculty is teaching but only in four institutes i.e.
NIT, Patna, Jamia Millia Islamia, IIT, Kharagpur and IIT, Gandhinagar. They are
teaching non-science courses. A course on conservation and architectural
heritage of 19th and 20th century is being taught by a foreign faculty in NIT
Patna. A course on 'Religious Fundamentalism in a Global Perspective: Islam,
Christianity and Judaism' will start from next week in Jamia. A course on
planning and management of cultural heritage sites is underway in IIT,
A course is being taught on 3D digitisation for cultural
heritage in Gandhinagar. The apex body has approved around 297 courses to be
taught by foreign faculty. Various institutions/universities had sent 140
proposals which were rejected. As of early February, 88 courses were sent for
review. The important task of GIAN is to make available courses offered by
foreign teachers. Confirmation by foreign faculty to spend a term in India is
awaited in case of 32 courses while in five cases they declined to come.
For each term of a teacher, centre will have to spend $8000.
In IIT, Kharagpur foreign faculty is teaching 12 courses in orthopaedic
biomechanics to robotics. students of IIM, Ranchi, are taking a course on
sports and entertainment marketing by foreign faculty, in Kozhikode a course is
being taught on impersonal, interpersonal and hyperpersonal communication at
work. Other institutes opting for foreign faculty are Universities like Hari
Singh Gour Vishwavidyalaya, an MP university, Tezpur University and Central
University of Gujarat.