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Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) Programme (OPEN)

Global Initiative for Academic Network (GIAN) programme approved by Union Cabinet in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of Scientist and Entrepreneur Internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of higher Education in India so as to augment the country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence. In order to (i) gather the best international experience into our systems of education, (ii) enable interaction of students and faculty with the best academic and industry experts from all over the world, (iii) share their experiences and expertise to motivate people to work on Indian problems, there is a need for a Scheme of International Summer and Winter Term.

The proposed GIAN is envisaged to achieve the following objectives:
1. To increase the footfalls of reputed international faculty in the Indian academic institutes.
2. Provide opportunity to our faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting edge areas.
3. To provide opportunity to our students to seek knowledge and experience from reputed International faculty.
4. To create avenue for possible collaborative research with the international faculty
5. To increase participation and presence of international students in the academic Institutes.
6. Opportunity for the students of different Institutes/Universities to interact and learn subjects in niche areas through collaborative learning process.
7. Provide opportunity for the technical persons from Indian Industry to improve understandings and update their knowledge in relevant areas.
8. Motivate the best international experts in the world to work on problems related to India.
9. Develop high quality course material in niche areas, both through video and print that can be used by a larger body of students and teachers.
10. To document and develop new pedagogic methods in emerging topics of national and international interest.

Scope of GIAN
Initially proposals are invited on the following areas:
(i) Physical Sciences
(ii) Chemical, Bio-Chemical & Material Sciences
(iii) Mathematical & Computer Sciences
(iv) Life Sciences, Medicine & Healthcare
(v) Electronics, Electrical, Information & Communication Technology
(vi) Mechanical Sciences & Infrastructure
(vii) Earth & Environment Sciences
(viii) Management
(ix) Social Sciences and Law
(x) Humanities & Liberal Arts
(xi) Architecture, Design, Planning and Heritage
(xii) Other Categories / Interdisciplinary categories.
Other areas can be included in future.


Funding of GIAN Activities: A lump-sum amount of up to US$ 8000 for 12 to 14 hours of contact and up to US$ 12000 for 20 to 28 hours of contact can be paid to the foreign experts covering their travel and honorarium. Local hospitality will be arranged by the Host Institution. The duration (number of weeks/days) can be mutually decided by the host institution and the visiting faculty. The funding for the courses by the Institutes shall be partially supported through various schemes including but not limited to the Plan / Non-Plan Funds of the Institute, other designated funds from TEQIP, UGC, AICTE, DST, DSIR and other Government entities, sponsorships from various agencies like industry / foundations, fees from participants and other sources.

Application Procedures:

Please submit your proposals to:

Dr. Prachi Kaul
Director (India Office)
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
5. Bhai Vir Singh Marg,
New Delhi, India 110 001
Tel: +91 11 2374 6417 or +91 11 2374 3114
Fax: +91 11 2374 6416
Email : .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Acceptable Expenses:

Budget Outline

1. International and National Expert Air Fare – Rs.2,00,000/- (CAD$4,000)
2. Honorarium to International, National and Host faculty – Rs.2,00,000/- (CAD$4,000)
3. Travel and Stay Support to some Participants – Rs.75,000/- (CAD$1,500)
4. Local hospitality to International and National expert – Rs.50,000/- (CAD$1,000)
5. Lecture Notes/video-learning material preparation – Rs.50,000/- (CAD$1,000)

  • Actual cost could be lower or marginally higher depending on specific proposal.
  • The participants have to bear the food and lodging expense during their stay in the host Institute.

Application Deadline:

SICI deadline for submitting the proposal: Open

Application Form:



Subject: Academic Institutes/Universities will identify one or more subjects to be offered in this MHRD scheme and apply for approval to the coordinating body. This subject typically can be interdisciplinary/ industry oriented/ research oriented in nature and scope. Subjects may be offered preferably in the Summer and Winter vacation of the host Institute.

Proposal Submission: Proposal to offer a subject should be submitted to the Local Institute Coordinator of the host Institute in a prescribed format. Each proposal will be submitted to a Sectional Committee. Local Institute Coordinator will submit proposals on-line through the National GIAN portal.

Execution: Each subject should be taught by at least one reputed international faculty jointly with one faculty from the host Institute. The international faculty should be (a) an expert in the area specified in the subject, (b) working in academic institutions/industries/research organizations/independent researcher of international repute, © encouraged to engage in a long term collaborative research program with faculty members of the host Institute.

Note: The proposer is expected to be aware that if the proposal is selected then the International Faculty is expected to accept to participate.

Credit System: The courses will primarily be credit based.
1. credit course: will typically cover 10 to 14 hours over a period of at least one week covering 5 working days.
2. credit course: will typically cover 20 to 28 hours over a period of at least two weeks covering 10 working days.
For alternative credit structures, such normalized credit equivalence will be explained in the proposal.

Evaluation & Grading: For courses offering credits, it should follow all standard norms of the Host Institution including continuous evaluation through assignments, quizzes, etc. and examinations like class tests, terminal examinations. Results should be declared within one month of the completion of the course. Priority should be given to students taking the course for credit than those who only participate without credits. The students can also obtain academic credits for these subjects based on the evaluation and grading process and agreed credit transfer mechanism between that host institute and the home Institutes of the students. The home university of the student will be mainly responsible for transferring academic credits. The host Institute will only provide information on the grading system, subject syllabus, and the academic policy. Other details will be defined in due course by a suitable Sub-Committee designated by the GIAN Implementation Committee.

Implementation: GIAN is envisaged to catalyze higher education institutions in the country, and that it will initially include all IITs, IIMs, Central Universities, IISc Bangalore, IISERs, NITs and IIITs subsequently cover good State Universities where the spinoff is vast. GIAN is an evolving scheme which will initially include participation of foreign faculty in Institutes as Distinguished / Adjunct / Visiting faculty / Professors of Practice, etc., to participate in delivering Short or Semester-long Courses. Other activities will be included in due course.

IIT Kharagpur is initially designated as National Coordinating Institute and Group Coordinating Institute for IITs / NITs / IIITs / IIEST; IISC Bangalore is designated the Group Coordinating for IISc / IISERs; JNU for Central and other National / State Universities and Law Schools; and IIM Bangalore for Management Schools.

There will be a Pool of Distinguished International Faculty identified by the GIAN Implementation Committee / Sectional Committees / National or Group Coordinating Institutes / various International Academies / Missions abroad and approved by the GIAN Implementation Committee. These are eminent international experts who have agreed to participate in the GIAN programmes at regular / annual / bi-annual periods. Their programmes will be developed by the National and Group Coordinating Institutes or Members of the GIAN Implementation Committee.

Proposal Review and Selection: The Chairperson of the Sectional Committee will designate all or some members of the Sectional Committee to review the proposal and give their views. He may, if felt needed, also arrange for selection of reviewers and obtaining the reviews. The recommendation will be finalized by the Chairperson of the Sectional Committee. Selected proposals will be forwarded to the GIAN Implementation Committee. The process will be made on-line. The GIAN Implementation Committee will develop methods for final approval of the proposals. Each approved programme will be publicized on-line in the GIAN portal.

Conduct of Courses: Each approved GIAN activity / course will be displayed in the GIAN portal. It will be the responsibility of the Host Institution to arrange for the conduct of the courses. This includes call for participation, registration, selection of participants, collection and disbursement of funds, contact and arrangements for national and international experts, arrangements for classes, accommodation, provision of certificates, conduct of examinations if any, credit transfer issues, creation of content and archival / maintenance of repository, linking with GIAN portal, submission to National Digital Library, etc. It is expected that each such course will be transmitted on-line and/or video recorded for others to view later through the local and national GIAN portal and the National Digital Library. All permissions for the same will be taken by the Host Institution. Typically many such courses may offer not only participation certificates but also allow participants to acquire credits. The Host Institution will allow for transfer of credits if required by institutions of participating institutions. Guidelines for credit sharing will be developed in due course by GIAN Implementation Committee for consideration by various Institutes. The courses offered by a host institution should be made available for participation from other Institutions. In general it is not expected that more than 50% participants will be from the Host Institution. Other details will be defined in due course by a suitable Sub-Committee designated by the GIAN Implementation Committee.

Development of Repository: Host Institution will seek prior approval from all speakers for dissemination, archival and creation of repository of the activities conducted. A digital repository of the activities under GIAN will be kept. All permitted courses will be archived by the host institution and made available for dissemination. One copy will also be provided to the National Digital Library. Subsequently these may be used as part of various activities under various on-line programmes of MHRD like SWAYAM.


For any clarification/information, pleased email or contact to:
Dr. Prachi Kaul
Director (India Office)
Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute
5. Bhai Vir Singh Marg,
New Delhi, India 110 001
Tel: +91 11 2374 6417 or +91 11 2374 3114
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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