Calicut varsity to host GIAN programme

Calicut University will launch a unique academic programme titled Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) on Tuesday.

Funded by the Central government, the GIAN programme will bring select faculty from foreign universities to conduct short-term courses on Calicut University campus.

The varsity is among the top institutions across the country, including IITs, IIMs and NITs, where the GIAN programme is being held. Vice Chancellor K. Mohammed Basheer said it was for the first time that the university got so many reputed faculty from foreign universities to conduct short-term programmes.

Eight such programmes will be conducted at Calicut University in six months. “For a State university, eight programmes under GIAN is a matter of prestige,” said Dr. Basheer. He said the short-term programmes in a variety of subjects would not only expose the students to experienced international faculty, but also explore possibilities of collaborative research with foreign institutions.


K.L. Ngai from the University of Pisa, Italy, will conduct a week-long course on ‘relaxation and diffusion in glass forming system’. Anantanarayanan Raman from Charles Sturt University, Australia, will conduct a programme on ‘chemical and molecular ecology of insect –plant interactions: towards ecological sustainability.’

Gary D. Smith from Michigan University, USA, will hold a course on ‘human preimplantation embryos and human embryonic stem cells’.

Donald L.J. Quicke from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, will conduct a programme on ‘parasitoid ichneumonoid wasps’.

Anand S. Srivastava, chairman and co-founder of GIOSTAR, USA, will lead a programme on ‘techniques and processes in biological and therapeutic research’. Timothy A. Mousseau from the University of South Carolina, USA, will lead a course on ‘environmental impact of radioactivity’.

Michael Moeller from Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh, will conduct a week-long workshop on molecular phylogeny. Hazem M. Kalaji from Warsaw University of Life Sciences, Poland, will lead a programme on ‘rapid and precise assessment of physiological response of plants towards stress using computerised and portable instruments’.

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