Scholars of Indian origin to be invited as guest lecturers

Indian-origin academicians and scientists working in countries across the world will soon be roped in by Panjab University (PU) as guest faculty to guide students for a selected duration.

The varsity is mulling over submitting a proposal for the same to the central government this year.

The programme is being launched in the backdrop of PU being listed among the top 13 universities in the BRICS and emerging economies. The varsity had been awarded only 29 points in international outlook.

"PU needs to increase its international involvement and incorporate what is best in other universities ahead of us," said vice-chancellor Professor Arun Kumar Grover.

Talking to Newsline, Professor Grover said, "There are many eminent scientists and academicians from India who are engaged in research or are teaching in international universities across the world. We are contemplating if we could ask some of them to visit the varsity and deliver lectures to PhD students for a period of three months."

This, he said, will help expand the knowledge base of students and provide them with international exposure.

The programme will be launched in co-operation with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), whose chairman, F C Kohli, is also a PU alumnus and has already offered to recommend proposals from PU to share its database of scientists, professionals and teachers of Indian origin working in North America and European countries with PU.

The programme will be launched taking a cue from Peking University in China that invites teachers of Chinese origin from other countries to spend their sabbatical in the varsity.

Peking University was ranked at the top in the 2013- survey of universities of BRICS and emerging economies.

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