Soon India will set up its first foreign IIT and it could be set up in the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica. Under the National Education Policy (NEP), India encourages the best educational institutions to set up campuses abroad, and Jamaica has shown interest in having IIT on its land.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind, who is on a four-day visit to the country, said: “In line with our national education policy published in 2020, India plans to open new Indian technology institutes abroad and I am happy that Jamaica’s is one of the first. countries to express interest in hosting an IIT here ”.

The President said: “India is ready to cooperate with Jamaica and share its technical skills, knowledge and experience that can change Jamaica’s education and business.” He said India shares Jamaica’s vision for 2020.

“We need to get our young minds to work together in several areas such as artificial intelligence and robotics, Jamaican traditional medicine and Ayurveda, and to work together to build a climate-smart world. We need to capture their imagination and energy to build a society that is prosperous, progressive and peaceful, ”said Indian President Kovind, speaking at a state banquet hosted by the Governor-General of Jamaica.

According to the NEP, offshore campuses will not only attract international students and create a brand of Indian institutes abroad. They also expand the reach of Indian students through international courses and collaborations. Earlier, under a trade agreement between India and the UAE, the two countries agreed to establish the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in the UAE.

“We deeply appreciate your commitment and the importance you attach to our bilateral relations. India and Jamaica are natural partners in many ways. As strong and vibrant democracies, as countries that strive for ethical market practices and as countries with respect for inclusive, fair, stable, secure and rule-based international order, it is logical for us to work together, ”said the President.

Covind is the first Indian president to visit Jamaica. He is accompanied by his wife and First Lady of India Savita Covind and daughter Swati Kovind.

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