Centre to set up IIT campuses abroad

Centre to set up IIT campuses abroad

Addressing the golden jubilee celebration of IIT-Delhi on Monday, HRD Minister Kapil Sibal said the Centre was “keen to take IITs abroad” as those institutes already have a brand name there.

Earlier, speaking on the occasion, President Pratibha Patil said institutes like IIT-Delhi needed to develop robust mechanisms for collaborations with other institutions as the need of the hour was to focus on research and innovations applicable to conditions and requirements in the country.

Exhorting premier technical institutes to support new ideas and discoveries that could be the solution to many future challenges, Patil asked IIT-Delhi to assist individuals, especially grassroot inventors, to properly market their ideas.

She hoped that India, with its vast scientific and technical knowledge, would catch up with leading industrial nations in filing patents for innovations and inventions. “Inventions made in laboratories must be able to be used in field to become agents of transformation,” she said.

Observing that India still has a “long way to go” as far as competing with the world in filing patents is concerned, Patil expressed hope that given the scientists and researchers and their knowledge, capability and commitment, India will be able to file more patents in the coming years.

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