Smriti Irani asks students, faculty to exploit GIAN programme

Smriti Irani asks students, faculty to exploit GIAN programme

Thiruvananthapuram: Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani on Wednesday urged higher education students and faculty in the country to exploit the Global Initiative of Academic Networks programme to expand the avenues for collaborative research.

The programme would ensure that the best of global academicians come to the country’s higher education institutes, Irani said at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Thiruvananthapuram, at Vithura, over 40 km from here.

“I am extremely happy to share that under the GIAN programme, we, for the first time in the history of independent India, have employed every government institution,” she said after inaugurating the first phase of the permanent campus of IISER-TVM.

“Tell us which foreign academician you want to invite to your institution, so that new knowledge can be infused. We can engage an interaction between our faculty members and foreign academicians who come to your institution and possibly support jointly such projects that can emanate from such interaction under the GIAN programme,” she said.

The Union Minister also said the programme would ensure that the best of academicians come to the country’s institutions and teach the students for a minimum of seven days to one semester charging absolutely no additional costs from them.

The Centre’s Global Initiative of Academic Networks in higher education is aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally, to encourage their engagement with the higher education institutes in the country to elevate its scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

Irani said when an institution enables more and more women students and those from financially backward and minority and tribal sector in the field of science, such students achieve resounding success not only in their own life but also in the institution that they come from.

She also assured the gathering that if the state government submits a proposal for a new Kendriya Vidyalaya at Vithura, the Centre would consider it favourably.

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said at a time when many changes are happening in the field of science and technology, the presence of IISER is expected to ensure the best quality education for students. IISER-TVM is the fifth IISER established by the Human Resource Development Ministry.

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