Offshore IITs should offer programs in data science, artificial intelligence, robotics, mining: Department of Education report

Proposed offshore IIT campuses should offer undergraduate programs in data science, artificial intelligence, robotics, mining and energy, notes a report from the Ministry of Education, among other recommendations.

According to the report, which is being reviewed by the Centre, the potential courses were decided on the basis of feedback from Indian embassies abroad, who contacted host country authorities to assess the demand for various disciplines in their countries. respective. .

“The survey shows that most universities in the initially targeted countries have undergraduate programs in conventional disciplines…Based on comments shared by identified host country ambassadors, the most frequently mentioned disciplines are related to computing or information technology, data science, AI, machine learning or robotics, electrical, electronics, mining, metallurgy, petroleum and energy,” the report states.

Also, since Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) are the commonly used names for degrees internationally, academic programs will be named accordingly, instead of Bachelor of Technology (BTech) and Masters of Technology (MTech), as is the convention in India, the committee noted.

It recommended various modes of admission including JEE, GATE, JAM, SAT and GRE. “A JEE or JEE (Advanced) exclusively for off-shore campuses can be designed in the future if it is economically and logistically viable”.

The committee also prescribed a minimum input to start the programs: three to 40 per year for UG courses and 15 to 20 in the case of PG courses. The faculty-to-student ratio should be 1:10 in line with global standards, he said. He added that the quality of faculty should be prioritized “more than the country of origin”.

Advocating a different model from the style of faculty recruitment in India, which involves lifetime appointments, the report states, “Faculty should be recruited on long-term contracts with sufficient flexibility given to institutions to negotiate salary and the conditions with the candidates. “, says the report.

The committee also identified provisions for delegating faculty members from existing IITs to proposed overseas institutes, particularly in their formative years, as well as a suggestion that joint recruitment of faculty could be explored.

Similar flexibility was considered in the case of students as well as in the proposal to spend four semesters each in India and abroad.

Administratively, a model led by the Board of Governors, which is in place in national IITs, is likely to be replicated even for offshore campuses. “The BoG should include people from the host country as well as from India. They should represent various fields such as academia, industry and public service,” he added.

A committee set up by the Center for Global Expansion of IITs has, in consultation with Indian missions abroad, identified the UK, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar , Malaysia and Thailand as potential locations for offshore campuses under the “Indian International Institute of Technology” brand name.

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