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The IRO follows an open application and selection process for faculty exchange programmes. The details of the exchange programmes are advertised at least 1-6 months in advance depending on the intimation from the host university and is forwarded by the IRO by email to faculty of all the campuses/ or as per the exchange requirements. The faculty exchange notifications are re-advertised two additional times in case there are no suitable applications.
Other important information
After selection, it is the responsibility of the respective faculty member to contact and plan their programme with the host university coordinator in consultation with the IRO. The IRO will introduce the selected faculty member to the coordinators at the host university and if needed facilitate the logistics of travel/insurance/visa etc.
It is the sole responsibility of the faculty member to apply for leave/take formal permissions from the head of the department/ dean/ chairperson/ director/ personnel section to gain permissions and relevant documents for visa application process. No Objection letters from the Institute on behalf of the concerned faculty member have to be arranged by the selected faculty. The IRO will not entertain any requests to procure/process any such leave/permission.
The selected faculty members have to compulsorily complete the planned activities at the host University and submit a brief report to IRO. They will also be asked to present their experiences and activities undertaken during exchange programme in front of the senior panel at TISS. They must also submit any documents/ reports and visiting cards collected during the exchange to the IRO for further strengthening the Partnership .
In case the exchange is fully funded by the host university, the selected faculty cannot ask for any other financial support from the IRO. In case the exchange is partially funded, the IRO will provide partial travel support according to the financial assistance slabs approved by the competent authority. Since outgoing faculty receives salary during their exchange programme, they will not be paid any per-diem or get a salary from host university. For exchange programmes where outgoing faculty receive an honorarium for teaching/ conducting classes, that are separate from accommodation, living expenses, travel expenses, 80% of the honorarium is to be returned to the IRO/ TISS.
In the case where a faculty takes an advance from the IRO to support their exchange visit, they must settle their accounts within 15 days of the completion of the exchange programme. A penal interest of 10.7% per day will be charged for any late payment – post the completion of 15 days of return. No request for reimbursement of unbudgeted/ non - approved items will be entertained.
Outgoing faculty have to arrange for currency exchange or international debit/ forex and sim cards on their own. The international calling charges will be borne by the concerned faculty and will not be covered under any exchange, independent or otherwise.
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