IIT Delhi had decided to open a research academy in Mauritius in 2013 and started work on it in 2014. But after a change of government in 2014, the then HRD ministry under Smriti Irani had questioned the legality of such a move
New Delhi: The Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT Delhi) is looking to expand its footprint overseas and exploring the possibility of setting up a foreign campus, five years after its Mauritius initiative was shelved due to lack of government support.
Authorities at IIT Delhi on Thursday said the first round of discussion has taken place but did not provide details on timelines or choice of country for setting up a campus.
If it comes through, this would be the first time that an IIT will be setting up a foreign campus, a desire the government has expressed in the new National Education Policy (NEP).
“Yes, we are exploring a foreign campus, but it’s too early to talk about it," IIT Delhi director V.Ramgopal Rao said during a press conference.
The development assumes significance as it follows Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging the IITs to think about “beyond boundary expansion".
At an event in September, PM Modi had said that IIT Guwahati should play a role in India’s Act East policy and strengthen India’s position in Southeast Asia. He had also urged IIT Guwahati to play a key role in the “beyond boundary expansions", indicating that the elite engineering and technology institution may look at Southeast Asia for its expansion and education cooperation.
Incidentally, PM Modi is the chief guest at IIT Delhi's 51st convocation ceremony, scheduled for Saturday. This year, 2,019 students including 298 PhD scholars, will be graduating from IIT Delhi.
IIT Delhi had decided to open a research academy in Mauritius in 2013 and started work on it in 2014. But after a change of government in 2014, the then HRD ministry under Smriti Irani had questioned the legality of such a move, following which the plan was shelved in 2015 with both the Indian and Mauritius governments developing cold feet on furthering the project.