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IIT Delhi to start Mauritius campus in November to promote research culture

IIT Delhi to start Mauritius campus in November to promote research culture

With the new campus opening on the island, the International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) is expected to deliver various courses on a full-time or part-time basis. (Image: IPRA)

Seeking to promote the research culture in Mauritius, the renowned Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi will launch an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in Mauritius in November, in partnership with the Mauritius Research Council.

IITRA would at the same time be looking to attract foreign researchers and students to Mauritius and build research infrastructure.

With the new campus opening on the island, the IITRA is expected to deliver various courses on a full-time or part-time basis.

To begin with, the institute will offer degrees in Master of Science and PhD. Later on, beyond a five-year horizon, the institute plans to start undergraduate programmes as well.

“IITRA will start operations from November this year. It will provide full-time and part-time PhD degrees in disciplines like electrical, electronics and computer science,” said Professor S M Ishtiaque of the Department of Textile Technology at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi.

He added that the main objective of this institute is to set up an IIT-like technology education institute in Mauritius and to encourage research culture in the island nation.

“We have already begun the recruitment process to hire faculty members and as many as 210 applications have been received, besides, 380 applications from students,” Ishtiaque said.

When asked whether IIT is planning to establish similar institutes in any other country, Ishtiaque said, “We have offers from Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, New York and Qatar, among others.”

Source: Press Trust of India

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