IITs, IIMs to be set up overseas - Ministry of HRD
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IITs, IIMs to be set up overseas - Ministry of HRD

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IITs, IIMs to be set up overseas - Ministry of HRD
Bangalore: Solution to faculty shortages, expansion plans to take Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) move beyond India. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development has indicated that it may allow the IITs and IIMs to set up campuses in foreign countries.

"Setting up of campuses abroad will not be feasible immediately, as there is faculty shortage. The institutes will have to undertake 54 percent expansion in their intake to implement the other backward class quota," said the ministry, reports Business Standard. The Minister of State for education D Purandeswari pinpointed that some memoranda of association will need to be amended, which presently, becomes a bar for any oversea campus establishment.

The government, had earlier turned down a proposal of IIM Bangalore to open a campus in Singapore.
The HRD Ministry did not agree to the proposal on grounds that the Memorandum of Association of IIM, Bangalore, does not empower the institute to open campuses abroad.

IIMs, however, remain optimistic. "We would like to go abroad with the intention of spreading our name if the government permits us. IIMs are the leaders of education in the country and should be allowed to set campuses in developing countries. I think it was a missed opportunity for the IIMs as there is a huge potential out there," says IIM-Ahmedabad Director Samir Barua. Among developing countries, the IIMs favour the Middle East, Malaysia and Africa as these are the growing economies. Barua explained that IIM alumni and visiting faculty can be of help in manning the courses and that will also ensure the quality of delivery.

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Reader's comments(11)
1: This a very good initiative taken by the HRD ministry. Cheers. One can quote several instances of universities from countries like UK, Australia setting up overseas campuses all over the world. It is high time that IITs and IIMs ,with its reputation, think about unfolding its wings to serve the global education market.
Posted by:Girish - 03 Oct, 2009
2: Its rightly said than done. Its high time that IIT & IIM set their foot overseas, specifically in places like Dubai, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia of Middle Easern countries. Its wrong to say that we are running short of faculties,let the govt. remove their quotas and frezze points and encourage youngsters(IIT'ians) living in these countries to takeup faculty positions. As well it will bring great revenues to Indian Government and retain youngsters of these countries flooding US & UK in their home land only.
Posted by:S. Shanker Rajhan - 01 Oct, 2009
3: Good,actually a very good & broadly thoughted decision taken by IIMs & IITs.It will help our Indian talents in many ways. Such as the indian students of these institutions & others can get experiences easily & cheaply . Overall it will enhance the Indian prestige worldwide. The concerned authorities must think seriasly about it.All the best.....
Posted by:veer vikram kumar - 30 Sep, 2009
4: Well its good that india is exporting education ,but i m sorry to say that its wrong that india has shortage of faculties. Its just govermennt has freezed the employement . So many Mphils PHds and other professionals are unemployed why cant they hire them ?
Posted by:Kavita - 29 Sep, 2009
5: I Welcome the HRD decision, since it is very useful to upgrade & enhance our skills in business management/Technology by studying in our IIMs or IIT and proud to get a qualified degree working in overseas - BR Desingh (NRI)
Posted by:B Raja Desingh - 29 Sep, 2009
6: It is a good idea for India to venture into the idea. Maths and Science are very much in demand and so is Science Education on the International Market. It is time to tap this as an industry.

Good luck and welcome to California - USA where my kids study.

Pradeep
Posted by:B.S,. Pradeep Nayak - 28 Sep, 2009
7: I think its a good idea as we can sell/ popularise our IIBs (Indian Intellectual Brand)!
Posted by:lokula gandhi - 28 Sep, 2009
8: I share my experience with the management of an IIT. I was appointed as an Assistant Prof (permanent) last year. As I am abroad for pursuing high level research, they were requested to defer the joining date till the end of this year. It is unfortunate event that the management didn't consider my prayer. I have heard from my colleagues abroad that this phenomenon had happened with them too in different levels of faculty positions. This is a failure on the part of management.

I am afraid that the lack of proper administration would result in such failure of recruitment of IITs.
Posted by:Arijit - 28 Sep, 2009
9:
yeah i agree with him there is tremendous faculty shortage with in the country.I think expansion of iit/iim s is a bad idea our country problems in education should be solved first i.e access to higher education is low with in the country
Murthy Replied to: Arijit - 29 Sep, 2009
10: i think first the domestic IIt pay hike problem should be solved. then think of overseas.
Posted by:ayshaa - 28 Sep, 2009
11:
Well said mate.
Sitarama raju kada Replied to: ayshaa - 28 Sep, 2009