IIT (BHU) Alumni take a giant step with the Hon. Smt. Smriti Irani (Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India) by initiating a “Free Knowledge Transfer Using Technology – IIT (BHU) Alumni MOOCs – Free GIAN-2”. A hard copy was dispatched to Hon. President and Hon. Prime Minister of India.
Dr. Manu Vora described the initiative as “under the MHRD scheme of Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN), the government will invite 1,000 foreign faculty at a cost of about Rs. 8 Lakhs each (Total Program Cost of US $13 Million). In the email sent to MHRD, we are proposing a free Global Initiative of Alumni Networks – 2 (GIAN-2). This is how we can harvest untapped potential of global alumni from IITs, NITs, IIMs, and AIIMS for Nation Building in India. The potential is unlimited and it is just for the asking.”
He went to say that “It is a honor and a privilege to serve as a faculty for the Leadership Excellence Series via Google Hangouts at the IIT (BHU) campus.”
Here is a copy of the letter
16 February, 2015
Hon. Smt. Smriti Irani
Union Minister, Human Resource Development
Shastri Bhawan, C-Wing, Dr. Rajendra Prasad Road
New Delhi 110001, India
Dear Hon. Smt. Smriti Irani Ji:
The purpose of this letter is to share a best practice of “Free Knowledge Transfer Using Technology – IIT (BHU) Alumni MOOCs”. Graduates of engineering colleges in India are technically brilliant, however, they lack necessary soft skills as highlighted by the corporate world. To remedy this issue, in August 2014, a Leadership Excellence Series (LES) was initiated atIIT (BHU), Varanasi in collaboration with IIT BHU Global Alumni Association (IBGAA), American Society for Quality (ASQ) India, and Business Excellence, Inc. (BEI), USA. This series will help students to improve their employability and allow them to excel in their professional careers. Eventually, such initiatives of using a reservoir of untapped potential of global alumni may help India to be counted in top 200 Universities in the world.
Under LES, 12 topics are shared by IIT (BHU) global alumni with students and faculty at the IIT (BHU) campus.Topics includeleadership, teamwork, time management, meeting management, decision making, project management, risk management, quality management, voice of the customer management, process management, change management, and supply chain management. This series uses Google Hangouts On Air (Free video call) to connect with students at the campus hostels and at the conclusion of the call an YouTube recording is available for wider sharing (6,500 students and faculty) at the campus. Please refer to Pages 2 and 3 of the attachment for details about this initiative.
The IIT (BHU) alumni request your help to kindly share this best practice initiative among all IITs, NITs, IIMs, and AIIMS throughout India to engage highly accomplished global alumni to give back to India to build Skills, develop Scale, and achieve Speed. This will be a free Global Initiative of Alumni Networks-2 (GIAN-2). This initiative will enhance competency of Indian youth to achieve the Mission of “Make In India” and “Zero Defects, Zero Effects” in Nation Building. We at IIT (BHU), IBGAA, and ASQ India stand ready to facilitate this innovative practice among higher educational institutions for Engineering, Management, and Medicine. This initiative is in resonance with Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya’s Temple of Learning (BHU) vision of graduating students with technological expertise and passion to serve the Society for nation building. I have included my short biographical sketch for your perusal on Page 4 of the attachment.
Thank you for your consideration.
Manu K. Vora
Manu K. Vora, Ph.D., MBA, ASQ Fellow and CQE
IIT (BHU), Varanasi, Chemical Engineering 1968