Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)


Importnat Guidelines under GIAN : The important guidelines of the International Summer/Winter Term (ISWT) programme area as follows:

  1. Academic Institute/Universities will indentify one or more subjects to be offered in this MHRD scheme. This subject typically should not be offered in the regular semesters/year and can be interdisciplinary/industry oriented/ research oriented in nature and scope.
  2. Duration: Subjects should be offered in the Summer and Winter vacation of the host Institute.
  3. Each subject should be taught by at least one reputed international faculty jointly with one faculty from the host Institute. One additional faculty may be associated from another academic/ research organization in India.
  4. The international faculty should be:
    1. An expert in the area specified in the subject.
    2. Working in academic institutions / industry / research organizations / independent researcher of international repute.
    3. Encouraged to engage in a long term collaborative research programme with faculty members of the host Institute.

  5. Each subject should be designed as per following: Duration of a lecture hour: one hour. Total number of lectures: 30 Maximum lectures per day: 3 lectures and / or tutorials ( e.g. 2 lectures and 1 tutorial). Total duration: 10 working days. However, University may design one week course in which there can be 15 maximum lectures and that may be conducted in 5 working days.
  6. 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 institute 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.
  7. A number of course would be taught by the Institute during the International Summer/Winter term. The participants have to register for the subjects offered in this International Summer/Winter Term (ISWT) scheme with payments of registration fee plus the subject fee for each subject registered. While, the registration fee would be a nominal fee for registering for the course, once selected, the subject fee would depend on the number of subjects, the participants chooses to take.
  8. After successful completion of the subject , all participants, will get subject participation certificates. Those participating in examinations will get completion certificates with grades and credits.
  9. Each course should have a minimum of 50 participants. At least 30 participants must be teachers and students from other institutions, among whom at least 20 must be teachers from other Institutions.
  10. 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.
  11. Honorarium to International Faculty : A maximum amount of US$ 8000 for 12 to 14 hours of lectures and US$ 12000 for 20 to 28 hours of lectures will be paid to the International experts covering their travel, honorarium and video recording of their Lectures. 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.

Experts to be invited under GIAN Project

International Faculty : Distinguished International Faculty identified by the International Advisory Committee / GIAN Implementation Committee / Participating Institutes / various International Academies / Missions abroad and approved by the GIAN Implementation Committee 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 in consultation with the International Advisory Committee.

Faculty / Expert from outside India: Foreign faculty/experts from academic Institution, research organisation and Industry are welcome to participate in the GIAN program. They can either submit a course proposal in the format / template available at GIAN portal or send their expression of interest to take part as International faculty to the National Coordinator, GIAN (

Broad Area of Interest : The proposal should be in one of following areas:

  1. Physical Sciences
  2. Chemical, Bio-Chemical & Material Sciences
  3. Mathematical & Computer Sciences
  4. Life Sciences & Healthcare
  5. Electronics, Electrical, Information & Communication Technology
  6. Mechanical Sciences & Infrastructure
  7. Earth & Environment Sciences
  8. Management
  9. Social Sciences
  10. Humanities & Liberal Arts
  11. Architecture, Design, Planning and Heritage
  12. Law
  13. Other Interdisciplinary categories