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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