GIAN Initiative


Govt. of India approved a new program titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, 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 garner the best international experience into our systems of education, enable interaction of students and faculty with the best academic and industry experts from all over the world and also share their experiences and expertise to motivate people to work on Indian problems, there is a need for building up a global acdemic network with a Scheme of International Summer and Winter Term. During the ‘Retreat’ of IITs with the then Minister of Human Resource Development Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani on 29th June, 2014 at Goa, it was decided that “A system of Guest Lectures by internationally and nationally renowned experts would be evolved along with a comprehensive Faculty Development Programme for IITs, IIMs, IISERs and other institutes like National Law Universities.

Guidelines for implementing plan

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Approved Courses

1. International Electronic Commerce Law, by Prof. Jane K. Winn
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2. Technology Crime and Justice, by Prof Michael McGuire
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3. Corporate Governance in India, by Prof. Umakanth Varottil
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