Smriti Irani launches GIAN to boost higher education with international collaboration

To boost the quality of higher education in India, government has launched Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) on November 30. The initiative is to improve the quality of higher education through international collaboration.  According to IANS, this Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry initiative was flagged off at IIT Kharagpur by Smriti Irani in the presence of R. Subrahmanyam, Additional Secretary for Technical Education in the ministry.


GIAN is not limited to only those from the IITs and national institutes but will also be available for government institutes who do not usually expect an opportunity to meet, interact and learn from international faculty, Irani said.


Subrahmanyam said GIAN aims at bringing high quality academicians to participate in delivering courses in Indian institution. It is inter-connected with the Make in India campaign and the IMPRINT programme, he added.


The inaugural courses are 10-day courses: 3D Digitisation for Cultural Heritage at IIT Gandhinagar and Orthopaedic Biomechanics: Implants and Biomaterials at IIT Kharagpur. They are among 201 courses approved to be conducted under GIAN, so far, from among 495 courses proposed by various higher education institutes in India. IIT Kharagpur is the nodal institution and national coordinator for this flagship programme. Irani said that the courses will have a credit-based approach.


The orthopedic bio-mechanics course will be taught by professor Nico Verdonschot from Netherlands who is a leading international figure in the field of computer modelling of orthopedic bio -mechanics. More than 350 academicians from 38 countries are participating in this programme in 13 broad disciplines. It currently includes 68 national institutes.

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