Government May Open IIT, IIM Campuses Abroad

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As part of the central government’s foreign policy initiative, IIT and IIM campuses have been proposed to be set up in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Dubai

The Central Government, is now considering opening Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) campuses in Sri Lanka, Mauritius and Dubai by revisiting its earlier shelved plans to set up higher education institutions in other countries.

The government will soon begin work on the framework for these institutions abroad as this decision is part of the centre’s foreign policy initiative. The policy document on the proposal read, “Requests from South Asian countries (Sri Lanka, Myanmar etc.), requests from countries with significant Indian population (Mauritius) and requests from some international city states (Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar) for high quality Indian institutions to set up campuses or facilitate the setting up of an international campus has to be seen in the overall context of India’s global diplomacy and development priority.”

Several developing nations have made requests to India to set up top-tier technology and management institutions in their country, informed the sources. Currently, government initiatives only go as far as academic collaborations, faculty exchange and research.

The policy document read, “With an expansion in the pool of faculty, in case of very pressing need for international engagement for strategic reasons of as goodwill gesture, a view may be taken in such matters”.