More than 200 short term courses are to be taught by renowned academics from all over the world in Indian institutes starting from the month of November, as initiated by the new scheme of Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN). The Union Human Resources Development ministry headed by Smriti Irani has known to come to an agreement with renowned scholars regarding the workability of the GIAN. Though Ivy-league institutes have not set their campuses in India, this scheme is sure to benefit a lot of eager learners in an effective way if it pans out successfully.
American philosopher Judith Butler and world famous indologist Dean Shulman are likely to teach courses in Jawaharlal Nehru University due to this scheme. The enormous possibilities and exposure to such quality education would surely enable an inviting change, also giving students a chance to experience and learn personally from such geniuses in the educational field. More than 220 eminent academics have finalized their teaching agreement but the ministry along with the members related to GIAN are expecting this number to reach 500.
NIT Surathkal is expected to start the first GIAN backed course with foreign faculty this November. The University Grants Commission (UGC) is coordinating with all non- Central Universities to hold a workshop to get GIAN going. Spain, Brazil, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, Norway, Singapore and Sweden are the nations who have agreed sending in academics to India. GIAN would ensure high quality education and exchange of information with academic circles and providing adequate exposure to students to world class education.