US Academics Coming To India
International academicians could bepaid as high as $12,000 for a 20-day teachingsession in institutes here under a governmentsponsored-programme to...
New Delhi: International academicians could bepaid as high as $12,000 for a 20-day teachingsession in institutes here under a governmentsponsored-programme to help students acrossthe streams get exposure to the best of facultiesfrom abroad.
They would teach in centrally-funded educationalbodies like IITs and central universitiesand in institutes with 'A' grade, the details ofwhich are being finalised before US PresidentBarack Obama's visit to India.
US had agreed to India's proposal to inviteand host up to 1,000 American academics everyyear to teach in India under the Global Initiativefor Academic Networks (GIAN) initiative duringPrime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to US lastyear.
"Emphasis is being laid on offering a goodpackage so as to attract the best faculties," saidan official in the HRD Ministry, adding,"$ 8000 is being proposed for 15 days sessionand $12000 for 20 days."Names of eminent scholars and academicianswould be sent to the respective institutes forevaluation by a peer group.
It will then go to differentsectional committees according to thestreams comprising professors and other experts.The final approval will be given by thestreams, officials said.Last Wednesday, HRD Minister Smriti Iranihad tweeted that Manjul Bhargava, a professorof Mathematics in an US university and widelyknown for his contribution to the number theory,would be a part of this global initiative.
L a s ty e a r ,Bhargava became the first Indian-origin mathematicianto win the coveted Fields Medal,known as the "Nobel Prize of mathematics."He had met Irani recently.
The ministry aims to finalise the details beforeObama arrives here on January 25 so thatIndia can take the proposal ahead. "The President(Obama) welcomed India's proposal to establishGIAN under which India would inviteand host up to 1,000 American academics eachyear to teach in centrally- recognised Indianuniversities, at their convenience", the India-US joint statement said after the obama-Modi meeting in Washington.