IIT’s planning global campuses


Recently, Prof. MS Ananth, Director, IIT Madras had mentioned that IIT’s have
in principle decided to start growing outside the country and are awaiting
final guidelines to start campuses abroad. It is indeed a welcome development.
IIT is a global brand. Singapore, Sri Lanka and Gulf countries have been
seeking help from IIT’s. However, IIT’s should simultaneously scale their
operations within India and also open up campuses in other parts of the
country.

• How nice it will be if IIT Gauhati has campuses in each of the even
North East states;
• IIT Kanpur, Kharagpur & Roorkee together having campuses in Bihar,
Jharkhand, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Uttaranchal and Chattisgarh;
• IIT Delhi starting campuses in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Himachal
Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir;
• IIT Bombay starting campuses in Rajasthan, Goa, and Gujarat;
• IIT Madras starting campuses in Andhra Pradesh, Kerala & Karnataka.

In addition IIT’s should grow within their campuses too – a typical North
American / European / Australian University has tens of thousands of students
in a campus. Most IIT’s have less than 4,000 students. All along our “bugbear”
was running the hostel, transport, hospitals, water supply, electricity and a
host of municipal functions. With “outsourcing” maturing in the country, it is
possible for the Director of an Institute to hand over most non-academic
functions to service providers, give autonomy to department to manage the
affairs and focus on managing IIT brand. With 125,000 students from India
going out of the country for undergraduate and postgraduate studies with an
estimated $ 4 Billion outflow (average $ 30,000 per student) there is a
potential demand that IIT’s can really cash in

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