IIT setting up campus in Qatar
The Indian Institute of Technology may finally get its first offshore campus. The proposal to set up an IIT campus in Qatar has reportedly been given an initial go ahead.
To be called the International Institute of Technology, it is to be set up by all the IITs in a concerted effort. To be co-ordinated by the IIT Council—the apex decision-making body for all IITs—this proposed new institute is learnt to have got the first green signal from the Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry.
While the HRD Ministry has traditionally been opposed to IITs or IIMs venturing abroad, arguing that "elite" educational institutions must focus their energies on India alone, the new dispensation in the ministry is keen Brand India makes a mark abroad. It is learnt that the ministry has, in principle, said it has 'no objection' to the Qatar plan.
"To be called the International Institute of Technology, it will have the support of all the IITs. There will be a joint venture between the Indian government and the Qatar government," said an official.
IIT Qatar, when it comes up, will rub shoulders with elite institutes like Carnegie Mellon University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Georgetown University School of Foreign Service that have set up branch campuses in Qatar's Education City.
The Qatar Foundation, chaired by the Emir's wife, Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser Al-Missned, has been instrumental in getting major American varsities set up centres in Education City—an educational district on the outskirts of Doha. The project aims to make oil-rich Qatar a knowledge economy by 2030.
Calling all Indian Institute of Technology almunus working in Qatar. Lets get together to start a Qatar chapter.
The idea of this chapter in addition to connecting IIT’s alumni would be –
- To help new joiners in settling down, understanding the cost of living, work culture etc before reaching GCC
- To help find/ post jobs, career advice.
- To increase the overall awareness about the opportunities ( job, business etc) in Middle East
- To leverage the network to start/ extend business
- To increase the visibility of IIT and create awareness about courses offered, entrance exams etc among Indians/ Other interested nationals.
Those interested please provide the following details -
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Please PM me the email ids and contact details and I will create a google or a yahoo group for easy communication.
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If IIM qualifies then count me in...
Btw, I am an IIM graduate & I have got 4-5 IIT/IIM graduates working with me. We are planning to have a get-together of sorts of all the IITians in Doha.
It would be great if you people can spread the word around. Cheers!
yeah, its an attitude problem, rather than an aptitude problem. The kids from here are mostly pretty smart but they tend to get carried away with the freedom they suddenly have. No longer the caged birds they are in the Gulf right... Besides they miss the resolve of some of the kids, the kind you associate with the middle class...
I know a few examples of DASAs and NRIs who were top of the class... and also a few cases of bottom of the class or drop outs even...
But interestingly, the few DASAs and NRIs who do take it seriously tend to be closer to the complete package because they have better communication skills, interpersonal skills and confidence than many of the students who for instance might be coming from B class towns or even rural areas...
I dont think Qatar Campus will work out. Its really difficult to get into IIT in India and I doubt if students in Qatar has the aptitude or exposure to get in... although i know a few people who got into IIT from MES thru DASA and they're doing fine, but I've heard from IIT Merit students that NRIs just drop out and waste their time on dope and stuff
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IIM's first international campus if at all will most likely be in Singapore...
But even that is a big 'IF'
Your point about the IIT/IIM brand image is valid...
IIT's DASA scheme (for NRIs) had mixed results...
"An ill-advised exception to the JEE selection process was made some years ago by the institution of a Direct Admission of Students Abroad (DASA). A small number of foreign nationals or Indian nationals abroad were admitted either through the JEE or by achieving a stipulated score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) II in mathematics, physics and chemistry. DASA students had to pay tuition fees amounting to $6,000 per semester, in addition to miscellaneous fees. Since the quality of student intake through DASA was found to be unsatisfactory and there were also abuses of the system, the scheme has been discontinued by the central IIT Council from 2003."
But the bottomline is that corporates go after the real deal... for instance, they pursue the PGDBA kids from IIMs but not so much the part timers who graduate from the same campus...
IITs are going to ruin their brand image by doing this...I mean seriously, do the locals have good enough IQ levels to take this up? First its IITs then IIMs might follow suite...anything for money I guess..
Thats really a good news...Qatar will have some smart Brilliant bunch of professionals in future.
i have dealt with them too. they need to relax a little bit.
...heard quite a bit about this University....hope it goes well here as well...Good Luck to them :-)
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