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Jamia Vice Chancellor s Initiative on Global Initiative of Academic Network Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development and other steps A Roadmap for Academic Excellence (Publish Date: 05/02/2016)

February 5, 2016
Press Release
Jamia Vice-Chancellor’s Initiative on ‘Global Initiative of Academic Network’ Scheme of Ministry of Human Resource Development and other steps: A Roadmap for Academic Excellence
Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Millia Islamia has personally undertaken initiatives to rope in eminent scholars from abroad to teach at Jamia. This effort has elicited response from eight internationally renowned Professors who are leading lights in different domains of knowledge. The Jamia VC has instructed the Research Cell to work for the successful implementation of the scheme at Jamia and also appointed Coordinator for the Global Initiative of Academic Network (GIAN).
The ‘Global Initiative for Academic Networks’ (GIAN) in Higher Education – a game-changing education programme launched by the Prime Minister of India – aims at tapping the talented scientists and entrepreneurs internationally to encourage them to visit and teach at the Higher Education institutions in India to augment country’s existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality education-reform and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global level.
Prof. Alexandre Refregier, a well-known cosmologist of ETH Zurich, Switzerland, Prof. Sarhan Musa, working on Computational Nanotechnology form Prairie View A&M University, United States of America  and  Prof. Roberto Allan Sussman Livovsky, Mexico, a well-known Mexican cosmologist and four other scientists have given their consent to teach courses at Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI). Prof. Mohammed J. Zaki, an internationally renowned academic from USA has already taught a course in the Department of Computer Science which was inaugurated by JMI VC.   As per GIAN guidelines these courses are not limited to students of institutions hosting international scholars. At least half the class should be made up of students from other universities.  The GIAN initiative has been aimed with the intention of providing the best international experience to students by increasing the footfall of reputed international faculty at Indian institutions.  The various GIAN programmes at JMI will give rare opportunity for researchers to interact with internationally highly acclaimed faculty and create avenues for collaborative research with them. 
Apart from GIAN, the Vice-Chancellor of Jamia is taking several steps towards raising the bar of research by encouraging research collaborations between JMI and partnering varsities. He has created a research unit lead by Director (Research) which aims to tap research funding and scholarship from various agencies, and to facilitate research activities at JMI and become a world-class research intensive university.  He has also created the office of Director (Academic) to facilitate teaching and learning at the highest level by bringing in best international practices.
Prof. Talat Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor, Jamia Milli Islamia has prioritized core academic functions  such as research and innovation, learning, teaching, wider student experience and international engagement.
These academic functions are to be taken forward by the newly created Units for Academics and Research that are headed by Senior Professors. The University is accordingly reorganizing itself in terms of institutional structures and functions so that internationalization of education and cutting-edge teaching and research make Jamia a world-class university.
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Jamia  Millia Islamia