IIT-Delhi is setting-up an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in the island nation. The new institute is being established in collaboration with Mauritius Research Council.

"IITRA will start operation from November this year. It will provide full-time and part-time PhD degrees in disciplines like electrical, electronics and computer science," IIT-D Professor S M Ishtiaque said.

"The main objective of this institute is to set up IIT like technology education institute in Mauritius and encourage research culture in the island nation" he said.

IITRA would be looking to attract foreign researchers and students to Mauritius and build research infrastructure.

"We have already begun the recruitment process to hire faculty members and as many as 210 applications have been received.

"Besides, we have received 380 applications from students," Ishtiaque said.

To begin with, the institute would be offering degrees in Master of Science and PhD. Later, after about five years, plans are on the anvil to start undergraduate programmes as well.

When asked whether IIT is planning to establish similar institute in any other country, Ishtiaque said:" We have got offers from Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, New York and Qatar... ".

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