In an attempt to enhance the quality of education, the Modi government has decided to rope in various American academicians to teach in different Indian universities across the nation. Earlier, it was made mandatory for CSIR scientists from CSIR to take classes in schools and colleges.
According to the latest plan, there would be around 1000 American academics who would be invited to teach in various centrally-recognized universities across the nation. The academics who would be mainly from the field of science and innovations would be visiting the universities at their own convenience. The programme got its nod during the recently concluded meeting of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and American President Barrack Obama in Washington.
The programme is supposed to establish a Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) where invitations would be made to American academics to visit India and teach its students so that they can prosper and innovate better. The US academics would be assigned specific Indian Universities where they would be appointed on a short-term basis to teach and share their experiences with the Indian students. The scheduling of the colleges and universities would be made by the Human Resource and Development Ministry in accordance with the Science and Technology Ministry of India.
Earlier the Science and Technology ministry along with HRD Ministry decided to make it mandatory for over 5000 scientists in the country to undertake 12 hours of lecture classes in a year at various public-funded schools and colleges across the nation.
This programme is expected to provide the students the perfect platform to enhance their knowledge by the experience and expertise of the US academicians and would help in expanding their activities in ‘innovative technology’ in the nation.
Keeping the vision of ‘Digital India’ in mind, the improvement of digital infrastructure, deployment of e-governance and e-services, promotion of industry collaboration and empowering Indian citizens digitally are on the cards for the leaders who committed mutual support in the recent meeting.
The United States has also agreed to become the partner of India’s Annual Technology Summit that is scheduled to take place next month, for the first time. For the overall benefit of the citizens, both the countries have committed to convene the ninth ‘High Technology Cooperation Group’ and are planning to launch new partnership to ‘source and scale innovation’ in both the countries.