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The first overseas campus of the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) to establish in UAE’s capital Abu Dhabi.
The Centre had announced to establish an overseas campus of IIT Delhi in Abu Dhabi, UAE, under the India-UAE trade agreement on 18th February 2022. Since then, the two parties have been in contact to discuss the measures for implementing the plan.
During his day-long visit to UAE, the honourable Prime Minister of India, Mr Narender Modi, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, signed an agreement to establish a campus in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) with the education ministry, Abu Dhabi department of education and knowledge.
IIT-Delhi will become the second institute among the other IITs of the country to start its international campus overseas after IIT Madras, which is likely to begin its classes in Tanzania in the October of this year. Alongside Tanzania, IIT Madras is likely to begin its operations in Sri Lanka and Nepal in the coming few years.
In addition to IIT-Delhi and IIT-Madras, IIT-Kharagpur will also establish its campuses overseas. IIT-Kharagpur will set up a campus in Malaysia. On the other hand, IIT-Madras will begin its operations in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tanzania.
According to a ministry of training official, IIT-Delhi is implementing a new curriculum from the 2023 academic session that will introduce the same in its UAE campus from September 2024.
IIT Delhi’s Abu Dhabi campus aims to set a new precedent in leveraging the power of knowledge to drive shared prosperity and contribute to global advancements.
The new UAE campus will provide a diverse range of educational programs, with Master’s courses scheduled to begin in January 2024 and Bachelor’s courses set to start in September of the subsequent year.
Previously, an Indian Central Government Panel proposed that IITs that open overseas campuses be eligible for a royalty for using the brand name. In addition, it recommended that the world’s best governance system, including the governance structure of IITs, will be adopted for these institutes.
The 17-member panel headed by the IIT council standing committee chairperson K Radhakrishnan said, “The adopted governance structure should be formulated such that while the connection with the mentoring IITs is sustained, any approval or sanction from the mentoring IIT or Indian government should not be required.”
It further recommended: “The establishing IIT (in India) should get something back from the institute overseas. For example, there could be royalties for using the IIT brand. In addition, there should be safeguards for preserving the IIT brand in the long run. Every effort should be made to ensure that the IIT brand is not diluted.”
On the occasion of the signing of the MoU between IIT Delhi and the Education Ministry of UAE, the Union Education Minister of India, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, expressed his congratulations to IIT Delhi for signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He tweeted, “IIT Delhi campus in UAE stands as a shining example of innovation and expertise in New India. It symbolises the strong friendship between India and UAE and will establish a new paradigm for utilising knowledge to drive mutual prosperity and global welfare, as envisioned in the National Education Policy (NEP).”
Earlier, the government had announced its plans to establish the first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) campus outside of India in Zanzibar, Tanzania. This collaboration with the Tanzanian government will facilitate undergraduate and postgraduate programs in engineering, science, and technology.
The announcement solidifies the efforts of IIT-Delhi towards becoming a global brand.