First foreign branch of IIT to be set up in UAE
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The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will establish its first branch in the UAE as part of the India-UAE trade deal signed on February 18 2021.
This will be the first time an IIT will be established outside India.
Presently, there are 23 IITs in India, which are located in various regions of the country offering undergraduate, postgraduate and doctorate level programmes.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
In 1945 the British Government set up a committee headed by Nalini Ranjan Sarkar to study and recommend the steps to be taken for technological development in India.
It recommended setting up at least four ‘Higher Technical Institutes’ (HITs) one each in East, West, North and South.
After Independence the government of India set up the“ Higher Technical Institute in India” as the Indian Institute of Technology.
The first IIT was inaugurated by the then Education Minister, Abul Kalam Azad, on 18th August, 1951 in Kharagpur.
On the recommendations of the Sarkar Committee, four campuses were established at Bombay (1958),Madra (1959), Kanpur (1959), and Delhi (1961).
They are governed by the Institutes of Technology Act 1961.
At present there are 23 IITs in India .
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