Fostering Linkages in Academic Innovation and Research (FLAIR) of the Department of Higher Education is an ambitious programme of the Government of Kerala aimed at capacity development of young faculty members in teaching-learning, and motivation of both the faculty and the students in research. FLAIR aims at teacher empowerment through many an initiative including a ten-day induction training in academics and research (in two phases), short term trainings in national institutions, and teaching-learning and research internships in national and international institutions. Excellence awards and grants for undertaking projects offered by the programme make it even more alluring to promising academicians. In the long run, the programme will offer excellent growth avenues for the young teachers to metamorphosize into FLAIR Professors and FLAIR Scientists.
The programme announced in the annual plan 2013-14 by the Government of Kerala was flagged off in April, 2013. The first year of the pilot phase involves about 250 young faculty members (having less than five years of experience) from 55 public-funded institutions including Arts and Science Colleges, Engineering Colleges, and Universities. Apart from the capacity development programmes for young faculty members, the entire academic community of the State will be covered under the excellence and innovation promotion schemes of FLAIR.