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IIT Delhi in talks to arrange campus in UAE: Govt in Lok Sabha

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On Centre’s request to contemplate organising a campus within the United Arab Emirates (UAE), IIT Delhi has held two rounds of conferences with the Department of Education and Knowledge, Abu Dhabi, the Ministry of Education knowledgeable the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The growth comes at a time when IIT Madras, amongst others, is contemplating requests from many international locations, together with Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Tanzania, as a part of its growth plans underneath a framework developed by a committee chaired by former ISRO chairperson Dr Ok Radhakrishnan.

While the choice to ascertain an Indian Institute of Technology within the UAE was introduced within the imaginative and prescient assertion issued collectively by the 2 international locations in February itself, the federal government selected IIT Delhi, which had earlier expressed curiosity in having campuses in Saudi Arabia and Egypt, to execute the proposal.

“As per the joint India-UAE vision statement issued on February 18, 2022, after a virtual summit between the leaders of the two countries,…the leaders agreed to establish an Indian Institute of Technology in the United Arab Emirates”.

“As a follow up to this, the government has requested the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi to explore the possibility of establishing a campus in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). IIT Delhi requested the Indian ambassador to the UAE to identify and arrange a meeting with the relevant UAE authorities,” in accordance with the reply issued by the Ministry of Education in response to a query raised by Congress MP MK Raghavan.

In his query, Raghavan, who represents Kerala’s Kozhikode constituency within the Lower House, sought to know whether or not the federal government has proposed to arrange IITs within the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) international locations.

According to additional particulars shared by the Education Ministry, based mostly on IIT Delhi’s request, the Department of Education and Knowledge, Abu Dhabi, or ADEK, was recognized because the related authority on this regard. Subsequently, two conferences have been held.

“In the first ADEK-IITD meeting, both sides made presentations about their respective organisations and conveyed their eagerness and enthusiasm to move forward with this project. In the second ADEK-IITD meeting, ADEK invited representatives from the Department of Economic Development and from the Advanced Technology Research Council who made presentations on the economic vision and the research priorities of Abu Dhabi, respectively,” the assertion added.

IIT Delhi, rated India’s second finest engineering school after IIT Madras within the authorities’s National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), additionally made a presentation on the mannequin underneath which new IITs are mentored by the older IITs. IIT Delhi mentors IIT Ropar and IIT Jammu.

In 2021, IIT Delhi had in a proposal to the federal government expressed its willingness to arrange campuses in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The proposal states that the abroad campuses will provide four-year UG programs with an annual consumption of as much as 240 college students in 4 branches based mostly on SAT scores.