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Launch of GIAN
Dec 09, 2015

The Global Initiative of Academic Networks” (GIAN) programme was formally launched recently by the Ministry for Human Resource Development at the IIT Gandhi Nagar.

Key Features

  • It will helpful in ensuring early implementation to facilitate the needs of institutions, faculty and students to embrace new knowledge frontiers.

  • The Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) is a new and catalytic programme with potentially far reaching impact.

  • It is intended to enlarge and deepen the interface of India’s institutions of higher learning and globally recognised institutions of academic eminence.

  • Over the next year or so, faculty from highly rated institutions abroad will visit India, interact and partner with their counterparts and with students, and deliver specialised courses. 

  • The two courses—one at IIT Gandhinagar and the other at IIT Kharagpur were launched and would be the first in setting the trend and tenor of the programme.

  • In the weeks and months to come, the academic interface will enlarge, and increasingly enable international academic collaboration. 

  • The GIAN programme offers a basis and a platform for a long-term cooperation. 

  • From abroad, faculty from 38 countries are presently scheduled to deliver courses, including 46 academics from the USA, 9 from the UK, 6 each from Germany and Australia, and 2 from Israel.

  • The list of countries includes Russia, Japan, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, Netherlands, Malaysia and South Korea. This remarkable array of academicians will span 13 disciplines and 352 courses to be taught in 68 national institutions.

  • The courses vary in duration from 1 week to 3 weeks depending on the subject and are free for students from the host institution, at nominal charges for others and webcast live as well. Webcasting will allow students across the country to benefit, in real time, providing access to high quality educational content.

  • To encourage and make possible continued access to course content and delivery, it would be placed on the website of the concerned institution. 

  • These lectures would be made available later to the students across the country through the SWAYAM, the platform and the National Digital Library. 

  • A web portal (gian.iitkgp.ac.in) has been designed by IIT Kharagpur to allow electronic registration and online assessment.


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