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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN)


Mahatma Gandhi University in GIAN

The Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) is a catalytic programme of the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India one with potentially far reaching impact. It is intended to enlarge and deepen the interface of India’s institutions of higher learning and globally recognised institutions of academic eminence. The faculty from highly rated institutions abroad will visit India, interact and partner with their counterparts and with students, and deliver specialised courses. Most importantly, the GIAN programme offers a basis and a platform for a long-term cooperation. University which are in top 200 in NIRF overall rankings and having at least NAAC ‘A’ grade (3.0 and above) can apply to join the GIAN Scheme.

The Mahatma Gandhi University met all the eligibility criteria to join GIAN programme under the leadership of Prof. Sabu Thomas, the Honourable Vice Chancellor. The Mahatma Gandhi University has applied for 31 courses with International collaborations in Science, Social sciences, Management, Education and Tourism. The courses are under review at IIT Karagpur, the National Coordinator, GIAN.

The Apex body of GIAN has sanctioned the first course  of Mahatma Gandhi University        “ Responsible Conduct of Research –An Overview of Ethical Principles for Scientific Researchers” jointly developed by  International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Mahatma Gandhi University and the University of North Texas Health Science Centre, United States of America.  The course will be led by Prof. Nandakumar Kalarikkal, Director & Professor International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology &Director & Chair, School of Pure and Applied Physics, Mahatma Gandhi University & Dr. Maya Nair, Associate Director, Environmental Health and safety, University of North Texas Health Science Centre, USA. This course will provide an overview of all the major components of responsible conduct of research. Students will learn the skills of ethical analysis essential to making moral choices and have the opportunity for critical reflection on one’s personal values and obligations as a scientist.

The second sanctioned programme is a workshop on “Microbial Modelling of Pathogens in Foods and USDA-Pathogen Modelling Program’s Applications in Ensuring Safety of Indian Food Supply” jointly crafted by Prof. Jisha M. S School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University  and Dr. Vijay Juneja, Microbiologist and Lead Scientist United States Department of Agriculture & Agriculture Research Service, USA. This workshop will provide attendees with an excellent opportunity to learn the most important microbiological safety issues facing the food industry on a global scale enhance and update knowledge of predictive microbiology, and learn new approaches for modelling food borne pathogens.

High quality course materials in niche areas would be made available to the students and teachers across the country through the SWAYAM, the MOOCs platform, National Digital Library and website of Mahatma Gandhi University.  The tentative date and schedule will be notified soon.