With this, IIT-D could become the first among IITs to start offshore operations. The other two IITs planning to launch offshore campuses are IIT-Madras in Sri Lanka, Nepal and Tanzania and IIT-Kharagpur in Malaysia.
According to a ministry of education official, IIT-D is coming up with a new curriculum from the 2023 academic session and will introduce it in the UAE campus as well.
On February 18 this year, as part of the India-UAE trade dealthe Centre had announced establishing the campus in the UAE. Since then, the two sides have been in touch to come up with measures to follow up on the proposal.
Earlier a central government panel has recommended that IITs setting up their offshore campuses may get a royalty using the brand name.
Suggesting that the best governance system from anywhere in the world, including the governance structure of IITs, be adopted for these institutes, the 17-member panel headed by the IIT council standing committee chairperson K Radhakrishnan said, “The governance structure should be such that while the connection with the mentoring IITs is maintained, any approval from the mentoring IIT or Indian government should not be required.”
It further recommended: “The establishing IIT (in India) should get something back from the institute abroad. For example, there could be royalty for using the IIT brand. There should be safeguards for saving the IIT brand in the long run. Every effort should be made to ensure that the IIT brand is not diluted.”