Top institutes hiring foreign teachers in greater numbers

For the past two years, IIT-Gandhinagar (IIT-Gn) has been rigorously roping in faculty from overseas. The campus, that has a strength of 70 regular faculty members saw around 22 more join them in December 2013. Of that number, 13 are professors of foreign origin.

The trend to invite foreign faculty has seen a rise in the premier institutes of Gujarat lately. IIT-Gn has made a healthy rise in its strength from seven in 2013 to 13 foreign professors in 2014. "Over the last four years, we've made it a strategy to bring in more professors from across the world. It's a conscious attempt to inculcate global perspective in our students," said Prof Amit Prashant, dean, academic affairs, IIT-Gn. In National Institute of Design (NID), 35 foreign faculty members have taught across the 17 disciplines in the three campuses in 2013. "In January, we'll be having seven such professors coming in for our open electives," said Prof Vijai Singh Katiyar, chairperson, education, NID. The design school has always been the frontrunner in having a global presence owing to its partnerships with various international varsities.

Entrepreneurial Development Institute (EDI) had about six foreign faculty members visiting the students in 2013, from places like the US, China and Scotland. In January alone, Prof Savvas Papagiannidis, Prof Jonathan Kimmitt from Newcastle University and Prof Heather Tarbert from University of West of Scotland are expected to visit the campus.

At Mica, bringing in professors from across the world is considered important to intersect the different fields of study. Currently, professors Kyle Shepherd, Aryan Kaganof and Matthew Pateman are currently holding interactive sessions with students. Pandit Deeendayal Petroleum University sees about six foreign faculty members on an average in the campus. Similarly, Cept University had six professors in 2012, and four in 2013, with Prof Henry Skupniewiez working for the newly formed FabLabs in the Cept campus.
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