IIT Madras is set to establish the first Indian Institute of Technology in Africa in Tanzania, with classes scheduled to begin in October. The new campus will be located in Zanzibar, and marks IIT Madras’ first international campus. V Kamakoti, the institute’s director, announced the plans during his address at IIT Madras’ 64th Institute Day. A team of five IIT Madras professors visited Tanzania in February to hold discussions with officials about setting up the new campus.
The setting up of the first Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Africa is significant for several reasons:
Strengthening India-Africa relations: The establishment of IIT in Tanzania marks a significant step in strengthening the ties between India and Africa. It reflects India’s growing interest in the African continent and its commitment to promoting education and human resource development in Africa.
- Promoting technical education: IITs are renowned for their quality technical education, and the establishment of IIT in Tanzania will provide African students with access to world-class technical education, which will help them build their careers and contribute to the development of their countries.
- Bridging the skill gap: There is a significant skill gap in Africa, and the establishment of IIT in Tanzania will help bridge this gap by providing African students with the technical skills and knowledge required to meet the demands of the industry.
Encouraging innovation and research: IITs are known for their research and innovation, and the establishment of IIT in Tanzania will encourage research and innovation in the African continent, which will help drive economic growth and development.