IIT Delhi eyes 500 more foreign students by 2024
The Indian Institute of Technology in Delhi (IIT Delhi) is targeting to entice some 500 students by 2024 as a fruit of an organised summit for diplomats from various countries.
The summit, entitled Globalisation of IIT Delhi: New Opportunities for Higher Studies in India, was attended by ambassadors and education leaders from 12 countries including South Korea, Indonesia, Sweden, Britain, and Mexico, among others. It was aimed at showcasing opportunities at the premier engineering institute.
“Our target is to have at least 10 per cent foreign students in our PhD programmes and make them work on technology platforms that can serve global needs,” IIT Delhi Director Ramgopal Rao said during his address at the summit.
At present, foreign students are eligible to apply for 28 academic courses at IIT.
IIT Delhi recently acquired “Institute of Eminence” status
IIT Delhi was established in 1961 in Haus Khas, Delhi in India, a public institute offering engineering courses. It was inaugurated by Humayun Kabir, a Bengali poet, novelist, educationist, and a politician.
At present, the IIT campus has an area of 320 acres and is bounded by the Sri Aurobindo Marg on the east, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Complex on the west, the National Council of Educational Research and Training on the south, and the New Ring Road on the north, and flanked by Qutub Minar and the Hauz Khas monuments.
In 1963, the institute was later decreed in Institutes of National Importance and was accorded the status of a full university with powers to decide on its own academic policy, under the Institutes of Technology Amendment Act.
Last year, the institute was also given the status of Institution of Eminence (IoE) by the government of India, granting it almost-full autonomy, leaving this institute to make its own decisions.
Such IoEs will have greater autonomy in that they will be able to admit foreign students up to 30 percent of the admitted students and recruit foreign faculty up to 25 percent of the faculty strength with enhanced research funding.
Photo: IIT Delhi
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