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  • The Education Ministry is gearing up to restart the fourth phase of the Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN).

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pet project to rope in eminent scholars from across the world to teach at Indian universities.

GIAN Program

  • The Union government has spent at least ₹126 crore in payment to support foreign faculty’s travel and honorarium since the inception of GIAN. 

  • Each foreign faculty member is paid a sum of $8000 (₹7 lakh) for a week of teaching. 

  • $12,000 (₹12 lakh) for conducting a two-week course. 

  • As many as 1,073 academics have taught the one-week course, while 553 experts have held two-week courses.

  • After the evaluation, Sources in the Ministry said the National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration (NIEPA) recommended GAIN  continuation.

  • According to the data, 1,772 courses were delivered till October 2023. 

  • Since the beginning of the scheme in 2015-16, 1,612 foreign faculty members have visited the country to deliver courses from 59 countries. 

  • The GIAN is a program initiated by the Ministry of Education.

  • GIAN is to enhance the quality of higher education in India. 

  • It aims to tap into the international talent pool of eminent scientists, engineers, technologists, entrepreneurs, and Nobel Laureates to bring world-class academic and research expertise to Indian institutions.

  • It provides financial support for short-term or semester-long courses, workshops, and seminars conducted by renowned international experts. 

  • The GIAN program has played a significant role in enhancing the quality of higher education in India and contributing to the country's scientific and technological progress.



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