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The Economic Times | By Prachi Verma, ET Bureau | 11 December, 2015 |

NEW DELHI: Funding will not be a constraint for the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) project, which is aimed at strengthening research collaborations between Indian and foreign institutes.  Already, the government has allocated Rs 30 crore and 406 foreign academicians have visited central government institutes under this.  “We will support this as this will increase the research collaboration for Indian institutes,” Vinay Sheel Oberoi, secretary at the Department of Higher Education, told ET on the sidelines of the National Human Resource Management Summit organised by the All India Management Association. The HRD ministry is anticipating another 500 foreign academicians to visit Indian institutes before the end of this academic session. “GIAN will also give a good exposure to students,” Oberoi added.

The objective is to increase the exchange of student, faculty, research and course content between Indian and overseas universities. The ministry is trying to build high-quality course materials in niche areas based on the GIAN exchanges.  Indian institutes have lagged overseas schools on having international faculty and students, among the six criteria that determine overall rankings. The first national rankings of higher education institutes under the National Institutional Rating Framework will be released by April 2016. “So far, 2,800 institutes have opted for the national rankings. These rankings will encourage institutes to compete with each other,” he said.  Oberoi released a report, Indian Management Education: A Way Forward, prepared by an AIMA task force. Commenting on the negative perception of education sector regulators, UGC and AICTE, Oberoi said these bodies will be transformed into catalysts and hand-holders for the sector. Elaborating on the role of the central government in higher education, the secretary said the Centre could only play the role of catalyst and set standards as just 3% of the graduation students are enrolled in central institutes and universities. The remaining students are in state, private and collaborative universities and institutes. –  Courtesy


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