About Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN):
Govt. of India approved a new program titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country's existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.

In order to garner the best international experience into our systems of education, enable interaction of students and faculty with the best academic and industry experts from all over the world and also share their experiences and expertise to motivate people to work on Indian problems, there is a need for a Scheme of International Summer and Winter Term .

  • JNTUH College of Engineering was invited to be part of GIAN in the year 2015 by MHRD, GOI
  • Till date 14 programs are successfully conducted.
  • Two more programs are scheduled in the current calendar year.
  • Experts with academic/industry/research background from USA, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA and THAILAND came to the campus and conducted one/two week programs.
  • Participants include students, research scholars, faculty, industrial consultants, scientists, employees from academic institutions, research organizations, implementing agencies from state and central governments etc.
  • Few students/research scholars from other countries also took part in the programs.
  • Institute received good feedback from the participants and experts about the academic content and facilities made available.
GIAN is envisaged to achieve the following objectives:
  1. To increase the footfalls of reputed international faculty in the Indian academic institutes.
  2. Provide opportunity to our faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting edge areas.
  3. To provide opportunity to our students to seek knowledge and experience from reputed International faculty.
  4. To create avenue for possible collaborative research with the international faculty
  5. To increase participation and presence of international students in the academic Institutes.
  6. Opportunity for the students of different Institutes/Universities to interact and learn subjects in niche areas through collaborative learning process.
  7. Provide opportunity for the technical persons from Indian Industry to improve understandings and update their knowledge in relevant areas.
  8. Motivate the best international experts in the world to work on problems related to India.
  9. Develop high quality course material in niche areas, both through video and print that can be used by a larger body of students and teachers.
  10. To document and develop new pedagogic methods in emerging topics of national and international interest.

Union Cabinet has approved a programme titled Global Initiative for Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs internationally to encourage their engagement with the institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country's existing academic resources, accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India's scientific and technological capacity to global excellence. GIAN is envisaged to catalyse higher education institutions in the country, and that it will initially include all IITs, IIMs, Central Universities, IISc Bangalore, IISERs, NITs and IIITs subsequently cover good State Universities where the spinoff is vast. GIAN is an evolving scheme which will initially include participation of foreign faculty in Institutes as Distinguished / Adjunct / Visiting faculty / Professors of Practice, etc., to participate in delivering Short or Semester-long Courses. Other activities will be included in due course.

Conduct of Courses

Each approved GIAN activity / course will be displayed in the GIAN portal. It will be the responsibility of the Host Institution to arrange for the conduct of the courses. This includes call for participation, registration, selection of participants, collection and disbursement of funds, contact and arrangements for national and international experts, arrangements for classes, accommodation, provision of certificates, conduct of examinations if any, credit transfer issues, creation of content and archival / maintenance of repository, linking with GIAN portal, submission to National Digital Library, etc. Each host Institution will maintain their local GIAN portal which will be connected to the main GIAN portal.

It is expected that each such course will be transmitted on-line and/or video recorded for others to view later through the local and national GIAN portal and the National Digital Library. All permissions for the same will be taken by the Host Institution. Typically many such courses may offer not only participation certificates but also allow participants to acquire credits. The Host Institution will allow for transfer of credits if required by institutions of participating institutions. Guidelines for credit sharing will be developed in due course by GIAN Implementation Committee for consideration by various Institutes.

The courses offered by a host institution should be made available for participation from other Institutions. In general it is not expected that more than 50% participants will be from the Host Institution. For courses offering credits, it should follow all standard norms of the Host Institution including continuous evaluation through assignments, quizzes, etc. and examinations like class tests, terminal examinations. Proposals can have scope for inclusion of Teaching Assistants. Results should be declared within one month of the completion of the course. Priority should be given to students taking the course for credit than those who only participate without credits. Other details will be defined in due course by a suitable Sub-Committee designated by the GIAN Implementation Committee.

In the year 2015 JNTUH College of Engineering, Hyderabad was invited to take part in the program.
In total 16 courses are proposed and Nine courses are accepted.

List of programs completed till date:


Title of the Course

Name and Address of the Foreign Expert


No of


Composite And Nanocomposite Materials - Metal, Ceramic,Polymer Matrix, As New Engineering And Structural Materials

Sri Bandyopadhyay, Senior Visiting Fellow, UNSW Australia, Sydney, School of Materials Sci & Eng, Faculty of Science, Australia 

11-07-2016 to 22-07-2016



Biofuels Engineering

Sandeep Kumar, United States of America 

11-07-2016 to 15-07-2016



Finite Element Method Applied to Heat Transfer, Fluid Dynamics, and Mechanics of Composite Structures

ProfessorJ.N. Reddy, Department of Mechanical Engineering Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, United States of America 

25-07-2016 to 05-08-2016



Air Quality Measurements

R.K.M.Jayanty, United States of America 

28-11-2016 to 02-12-2016



Numerical Modeling of Air Pollution through State-of- the-Art Modeling Systems

Sarav Arunachalam, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America 

28-11-2016 to 02-12-2016



 Air Quality Management: Quality Assurance and Data Analysis

 Prakash Doraiswamy, RTI International, United States of America 

05-12-16 to 09-12-2016



Sustainability and Engineering

Subhas K. Sikdar, National Risk Management Laboratory, U S Environmental Protection Agency, United States of America 

13-12-2016 to 17-12-2016



Wireless Sensor Networks and Underlying Characteristics

Dharma P. Agrawal, University of Cincinnati, USA, United States of America 

14-12-2016 to 23-12-2016



Energy Materials and Innovative Challenges in its applications

Yasuhiko Hayashi, Japan 

06-10-2018 to 11-10-2018



Air Pollution Control Technologies

R.K.M. Jayanty, United States of America 

08-10-2018 to 12-10-2018



Advanced Numerical Modeling of Meteorology and Emissions for Air Quality Modeling

Arunachalam Saravanan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States of America 

29-10-2018 to 02-11-2018



Urban Disaster Risk Reduction using Geospatial Technologies

Nitin Kumar Tripathi, Thailand 

11-12-2018 to 22-12-2018



Metabolic Engineering of Microbial Biocatalysts for Production of Fuels and Chemicals: Principles and Practice

K T Shanmugam, United States of America 

20-03-2019 to 24-03-2019



Crop Water Use Estimation in 21st Century with Advances in Geospatial Technologies

RAMESH KUMAR SINGH, United States of America 

22-04-2019 to 03-05-2019



Inflammation, Immunity and Bioactive Lipids with Emphasis on the Role of Bioactive Lipids (BAL) in Cancer, Autoimmune Diseases and Immune Check Point Inhibitors

Prof.Undurti N Das

24th to 29th January, 2022


Forthcoming courses :


Cancer Thearanostics

Sridhar Nimmagadda, USA

08-07-2019 to 12-07-2019



Global Challenges of Solar Energy and Solar Fuels

Joshua Spurgeon, USA

11-09-2019 to 15-09-2019


Local Institutional Coordinator:
Dr. Hemalatha Eedi
Associate Professor
Computer Science & Engineering
JNTUH University College of Engineering , Science & Technology Hyderabad