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Old December 6th, 2009, 11:14 AM   #1
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IIT gets green light for Qatar campus

The prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) has reportedly been given the green light to set up its first offshore campus in Qatar.
“To be called the International Institute of Technology, it is to be set up by all the IITs in a concerted effort,” The Indian Express reported on Sunday.
The apex decision-making body for all IITs, the IIT Council, is to co-ordinate the proposed new institute, which has got the go-ahead from the Indian Human Resource Development Ministry.
While the ministry has traditionally been opposed to IITs or Indian Institute of Managements venturing abroad, arguing that “elite” educational institutions must stay focused on India alone, the new dispensation in the ministry is keen that Brand India makes a mark abroad, according to the daily.
“This will be a joint venture between the Indian and Qatar governments,” an official told the newspaper.
According to the information provided by the daily, IIT-Qatar is to come up in Qatar Foundation’s Education City, which already has branch campuses of six noted universities from the US.
The IITs are a group of autonomous engineering and technology-oriented institutes of higher education established and declared as Institutes of National Importance by the Parliament of India.
The IITs were created to train scientists and engineers, with the aim of developing a skilled workforce to support the economic and social development of India after independence
in 1947.

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Decision to open an IIT campus in Qatar shows India’s global thinking
Close on the heels of the human resource development ministry giving the green signal for the Indian Institutes of Management to set up campuses abroad, comes another welcome move.
The proposal to set up an Indian Institute of Technology campus in Qatar is reported to have been given the all clear by the ministry.
From student exchanges to those of faculty and new revenue models, these foreign outposts could revitalise the Indian core.
And given how many students, in India and increasingly abroad, want the benefit of an IIT education, more campuses serve a larger social good.
The IITs’ decision to think global is one of many radical ways in which they are redefining themselves.
The IITs are good at producing worldclass engineers who can compete with the best anywhere else in the world.
Yet, there has been over time criticism that the institutes are, in contrast, not that effective in producing scholars and thinkers who can test the boundaries of their discipline.
It has also been felt that the IITs — and Indian academia in general — could benefit from more expansive liberal arts departments.
In a concerted bid to address this, the IITs have ramped up their humanities studies, investing money, professors and resources into expanding in this direction.
The IITs are perhaps in a better position to fast-track proposals for reform and innovation — the kind of changes, for instance, that could put them on a trajectory covered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, from being a good engineering college to a broad-based centre of learning and research.
With Kapil Sibal signalling his openness to creative thinking, institutions of higher education have a great opportunity to make up for the stagnation of past decades.
It is therefore hoped that the IITs’ appetite for expansion will have a contagion effect.
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Excellent. This is indeed a welcome sign in Education City.
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