The Board of Management in its 25th Meeting held on 26.12.2018 considered and approved the proposal for creation of the Division of ‘International Affairs’ (IA).
2. The Division of International Affairs (IA) is to be headed by a Dean under Statute 7A of the Statutes of the University. The Dean shall be nominated from one among the Professors of the University. The Division of International Affairs (IA) shall be responsible to manage the specific responsibilities of:
- Exchange of students, faculty and administrative staff
- Prepare strategies for and create facilitative conditions for admission of international students to full-time courses / programmes as well as short-duration study programmes and advise the University on the tuition fees and other expenses of these students;
- Prepare strategies for and create facilitative conditions for employment of international scholars in short or long-term capacities;
- Work toward creating partnership with international institutions of higher education and learning for exchange of scholars, students and knowledge systems;
- Identify and create opportunities for AUD students for study abroad, internships, field visits, for which they could accrue academic credits (applied towards degree programmes of AUD or of the other institutions) or other professional credentials;
- Identify and create opportunities for AUD faculty members, researchers and non-teaching staff to acquire valuable experience in foreign countries (i.e., participate in ‘exchanges’) or to otherwise benefit from interaction with their counterparts abroad (e.g., through online and virtual interaction);
- Negotiate equitable partnership arrangements for all of the above.
- Collaborative research and teaching
- Prepare strategies for and facilitate agreements with international institutions for joint research and projects;
- Identify international institutions for collaborative teaching in existing or new programmatic areas through credit transfer;
- Identify institutions and help develop collaborations on e-learning platforms and other innovative educational technologies.
- Funding and other support
- Proactively seek and secure grants and other means of financial support for activities described above and generate funding for AUD members travel internationally and for other expenses in foreign locations or for interactive activities with counterparts abroad;
- Develop strategies for developing a corpus fund for activities related to international affairs and interactions with foreign higher education personnel as well as for supporting the non-core staff of the IA office.
- Liaise with foreign/international/non-governmental organisations and agencies that promote and facilitate the activities described above, in addition to directly networking with higher education institutions and research foundations abroad.
- Liaise with organizations and institutions in India in pursuit of academic internationalization objectives
- Support for AUD and foreign students and scholars
- Prepare and approve official proposals and contracts for the University’s international activities.
- Mediate between the different units of the University to facilitate international activities and interact with outside personnel and agencies.
- Work with governmental authorities to secure visas, employment authorization documents and other permits for both ‘incoming’ and ‘outgoing’ personnel and other facilitating work for the movement of students and faculty abroad,
- Work with the relevant authorities of the host/receiving institutions and with the relevant foreign government agencies.
- Help provide documents (e.g., identification cards, library permits) needed for their work at the host institution.
- Arrange local accommodation for visitors (and their families) and secure goods or services such as health insurance.
- Inform or advise University stakeholders about international programmes as well as other international opportunities.
With the creation of Division of International Affairs (IA), the Advisory Committee on International Partnerships (ACIP) stands dissolved. A Steering Committee of office of the International Affairs shall be constituted by the Vice Chancellor. The Dean IA shall chair the committee with members drawn from the faculty and staff from different units of the University. External experts in higher education internationalization shall also be enlisted, as is the case with AUD Boards of Studies and Advisory Committees. Depending on the extent of activities of the division, adequate staff is to be made available as per the BoM resolution.