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The Times of India | TNN | April 3, 2016 |

Madurai: Vice-chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC), H Devaraj on Saturday said that 1,000 foreign faculty would be offering programmes for various universities across the country under the Global initiative of academic networks (GIAN) of the ministry of human resource development (MHRD). Those programmes will be videographed and put up on ‘Swayam’ (Study Webs of Active-learning for Young Aspiring Minds), an upcoming portal of the MHRD.  “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Swayam web portal in July and one could freely access the e-contents that would be uploaded in it,” Devaraj said.  Many IITs, IIMs and some central universities have been engaging foreign faculty for some time now. The MHRD has now planned to enable state-run universities to avail the expertise of foreign faculty under GIAN.

“GIAN has been designed with various objectives including that of providing an opportunity to students seeking knowledge and experience from reputed international faculty. At present, many universities are weak in filling up their vacancies. Due to that, students should not get affected. The foreign faculty’s e-contents will be helpful to students,” he said.   A foreign faculty will offer course for one or two credits under the choice-based credit system. For one credit, $ 4,000 and for two credits $ 8,000 will be given.  From Tamil Nadu, few universities including the University of Madras and Madurai Kamaraj University attended a meeting that was held to discuss GIAN’s foreign faculty programme. Interested universities should submit their proposals to the UGC which is a nodal agency, stating the courses for which foreign faculty’s programmes are required, Devraj said. –  Courtesy


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