Though India may not yet have managed to get a Ivy league school to set up campus in India through the Foreign Universities Bill, it is close in drawing over 200 academics from global universities to teach in India at $8,000- $12,000.
Among those likely to touch down to teach in Indian institutes soon are avid Dean Shulman, Indologist and one of the world's foremost authorities on Indian languages and eminent gender theorist and American philosopher Judith Butler. Both are expected to teach courses at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Through its new scheme Global Initiative for Academics Network (GIAN), the HRD Ministry is learnt to have come to an agreement with academics from across countries to teach more than 200 short term academic courses in Indian institutes starting this November.
The first GIAN backed course by a foreign faculty is expected to start with NIT Surathkal this November. Prashant V Kamat, the John A. Zahm Professor of Science at the University of Notre Dame in USA, it is learnt, is likely to take the first course to be launched under GIAN at the NIT, officials from the HRD ministry said on condition of anonymity.
A final list of global academics who will come and teach in India under GIAN will be approved through the last leg of the screening process to be held later this month.
GIAN aims at increasing the footfalls of reputed international faculty to Indian academic institutes, providing opportunities for both students to interact with global academics and for the faculty to engage and collaborate with them and develop high quality study material through on going academic relationships.
A number of academics from Germany, USA, Canada, France and Australia have shown considerable interest in GIAN and academics from across top global varsities including MIT, Oxford University, Cambridge, Stanford University, University of Berkeley, Imperial College of London are queuing up, sources from across institutes said.
Spain, Brazil, Finland, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Ireland, Russia, Norway, Singapore and Sweden are among other nations sending in academics to India.