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Iits Strike Partnerships With Global ­niversities

By Business Standard

October 5, 2009



Some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are launching projects along with global universities to offer students and faculty more opportunities for collaborative research and development with foreign academic partners.

IIT-Delhi, for instance, has designed four courses for the Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia. Several students in Ethiopia are currently studying engineering and technology in virtual classrooms led by IIT Delhi teachers. The idea is to make Ethiopia's students more tech-savvy. "The Ethiopian government is making rapid expansions in education but it does not have the adequate infrastructure," says M Balakrishnan, dean of post-graduate studies at IIT-Delhi.

 

 

Likewise, IIT-Kanpur has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Texas, San Antonio for collaborative research. The project involves around five faculty and 10 students. In another deal, IIT-Kanpur has signed an MoU with its Malaysian counterpart, Universiti Sains Malaysia, for setting up of an electronic hub in Penang. Muralidhar said that around 20 faculty and about 100 students are expected to be involved in this project. The research projects would be funded by industry partners in communications and the semi-conductor industries.

 

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