GIS – 19 November, 2013 : A Memorandum of Understanding paving the way for the setting up of an Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Research Academy in Mauritius was signed this afternoon between the Mauritius Research Council and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi at the Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, CyberTower 1, Ebène.
The signature ceremony was held in the presence of the Minister of Tertiary Education, Science, Research and Technology, Dr Rajeshwar Jeetah, and the Minister of Human Resource Development of the Republic of India, Dr Mallipudi Mangapathi Pallam Raju. The Indian Minister of Human Resource Development is at the head of a delegation comprising, amongst others, the Director of the IIT Delhi, Prof R. K. Shevgaonkar for a two-day visit to Mauritius.
The objectives of the Memorandum are to, among others, promote scientific excellence and scientific development in Mauritius, through scientific and technical research, and generate new knowledge in the field of engineering. The Agreement provides for cooperation with focus on the provision of a world class research based educational platform for postgraduate research leading to MSc(R)/MPhil and PhD degree awards in identified areas, attracting foreign researchers and foreign students to Mauritius, in particular scientific experts from the Mauritian Diaspora, and building core research infrastructure including faculty and facilities.
The research clusters will be based on a variety of considerations, namely recent trends in education and research globally; analysis of funding trends from multi-lateral funding agencies as well as endowments where the research academy can be a partner; Mauritian and African issues and needs; and modern courses and areas that will improve global as well as local employability of graduates.
The collaborative document sets forth a strategy that covers a 10 year-period, starting in January 2014. At the end of the first five years, the IIT Research Academy is expected to become an independent awarding body, which will be known as the International Institute of Technology, Mauritius.
It is to be noted that the project is fully funded by the Government of Mauritius which is investing some Rs 228 million over five years.
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