Dr. M.M. Pallam Raju, Hon’ble Minister of Human Resource Development visited Mauritius on 19th-20th November, 2013. During the visit, Dr. Pallam Raju paid a courtesy call on the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Mauritius, Dr. Navinchandra Ramgoolam and held bilateral meetings with the Minister for Tertiary Education, Science and Research, Dr. R. Jeetah as also with Minister of Education and Human Resources of the Republic of Mauritius Dr. Vasant Kumar Bunwaree.
Two MoUs were signed during this visit. The first MoU is between IIT, Delhi and Mauritius Research Council for setting up of an International Institute of Technology Research Academy (IITRA) in Mauritius. The aim of the IITRA is to provide world class research based educational platform for full time and part time post graduate research leading to MS(Research) and Ph.D. degrees to be awarded by IIT Delhi in identified areas (clusters). IITRA aims to attract foreign researchers and students to Mauritius, mainly from Africa and Asia and build core research infrastructure including faculty and facilities. In the initial phase spanning a period of 5 years, IIT Delhi will help IITRA to build a core research facility including research infrastructure and capacity. It is expected that 6 clusters will be implemented with a total of 25 faculty members and some 50 research scholars. IIT Delhi will provide the required academic leadership necessary for setting up the IITRA, partnering in defining the research and education agenda as well as help recruit faculty and admitting students as per norms of IIT Delhi.