The semester-long training program will be mandatory for recruiting faculty members in technical institutions.
Indian Institutes of Technology will pool their resources to hire professors collectively from abroad.
India’s educational challenges can only be addressed by efforts of engaged and capable teachers.
The problem is starkest in Allahabad and Delhi universities where 98.36% & 93.10% of seats reserved for SCs and STs are vacant.
Teachers feel huge domestic demand puts Indian universities at a disadvantage.
Source: Economic Times
The HRD Ministry intends on making it easier for foreign faculty to get visas.
Physical exclusion and indifference of the faculty towards the plight of marginisalised students is pushing many to suicide, and despite measures being in place, administrations are doing little address the issues.
Source: University World News
Academic inbreeding, which is common in India, accentuates existing biases in university hiring policies and means that it is not always the best staff who get posts.
Source: University World News
Plans to keep one in five faculty jobs in India for foreign academics have led to fears that universities will have to pay the cost without any increase in funding.
Source: Economic Times
The teaching load at the university is lesser at about eight to ten hours a week, giving high-profile faculty members time to work on their own research.
We are highly thankful to Gujarat Technological University(GTU) for organising a Summer Camp Program at University of Alberta (UoA), Canada and for providing us a golden opportunity to know about learning systems in Canada, at a world-class University. The classes of Summer Camp Program started on 27th June 2011. We, a total of 35 students, are attending the Summer Camp Program at UoA, Canada. Professsor Bhavin Pandya says that we are writing a new chapter in the history of higher education in India, since this is the first such effort by any state University in India.
We are indebted to Dr. A. K. Aggarwal, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, GTU for envisioning and organizing the Summer Camp Program for us. This trip is proving to be a great learning experience for us. The professors here are very responsive and are trying to make the maximum efforts to make our stay comfortable and to open our minds to a truly a new world. In a globalized and diversified economy, higher education would not be complete without such an intensive international exposure. During the 40 days program, we are looking forward to explore the exciting temple of knowledge in an optimal way .
Most of us are the first generation University students from our families. GTU’s policy of sending those, who were academically the best from all over Gujarat has brought us to Alberta. Those opportunities will permit us to learn about other cultures and international businesses, which will open paths towards shaping a good career in a powerful way – and the we will tremendously benefit by studying at UoA. We are fortunate today to be in Alberta “There have been active discussions around the campus among students and faculty to further institutionalize and internationalize the campus.”
We are grateful to Dr. A. K. Aggarwal, Honorable Vice-Chancellor, GTU to address us from India through a telephonic conference at the first lecture of the Summer Camp on 27th June 2011 at UoA, Canada. He discussed about the objectives of the program and emphasized his vision to make GTU MBA Program of the highest academic standard. He said that today’s MBA programs have to prepare young person for global placements. Dr. Aggarwal asked the GTU students to work hard along with the University to build excellent careers for themselves. By doing that, he said that, they would be able to build Gujarat, India and the world of tomorrow.
By Prof. Dr. Anita Mehta and Prof. Nirbhay Chaubay
As part of its Global Initiative Program, Gujarat Technological University (GTU) has organized a 6 week International Global Experience Program (from 15th June to 29th July 2012) at Laurentian University (LU) in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
A total of 106 students of Pharmacy, Computer Science, and Engineering/IT from various institutions across the state of Gujarat, led by Professor Dr. Anita Mehta, Principal, L.M. College of Pharmacy, Ahmedabad and Prof. Nirbhay Chaubey, OSD, Gujarat Technological University arrived in the campus of Laurentian University in three different groups on the 13th, 14th, and 15th June 2012. A small group of 18 students reached Toronto’s Pearson Airport late in the night of 14th June 2012. Dr. Kalpdrum Passi, along with the three other professors and students, took them to the university residence. The remaining three groups of students were brought to the university residence by bus. Dr. Passi welcomed all the students and faculty members and saw to it that they were comfortably settled in the campus. The students have been given a 6 week program schedule.
On arrival, they were allocated rooms in M and B Wing of the university residence. They were offered facilities like access to the library, Game Zone, and gym. Their lunch and dinner were arranged in the Pub, in the Great Hall, R. D. Parker Building on the University Campus.
On June 16th 2012, the University arranged a tour of Sudbury for the students in three different groups by bus. They visited Sudbury’s most famous landmarks; i.e. the Sudbury Big Nickel, New Sudbury Centre (located at the corner of Barrydowne Road, Lasalle Boulevard) and lakes and beaches. The Sudbury Big Nickel is a giant replica of the Canadian five-cent piece.
Prof. Mehta and Prof. Chaubey visited the university campus and met Dr. Abdel Omri—Professor of Pharmacology—and Dr. Kalpdrum Passi—Chair of Mathematics and Computer Science—regarding the courses, the examination scheme, and collaboration in research work with the GTU. Prof. Mehta and Prof. Chaubey also discussed with Ms. Rachel, Business Officer, Faculty of Science and Engineering for successful implementation of the 6 week summer camp including excursion to Ottawa, Niagara Falls, etc.