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IIT-B inches towards American dream,sends plan for campus in NYC

The Indian Institute of Technology,Bombay,is one step closer to becoming the first Indian institution to have a campus in the United States.

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT),Bombay,is one step closer to becoming the first Indian institution to have a campus in the United States.

Last month,it submitted the final proposal to the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for setting up a campus in New York City (NYC). According to the proposal,the campus will be set up jointly by IIT Bombay and five other institutions — New York University,University of Toronto,University of Warwick (UK),City University of New York and Carnegie Mellon University.

According to a statement,which has been put up on the NYC website,the NYCEDC has received seven qualifying responses from 17 institutions towards the initiative,which seeks a “university,institution or consortium to develop and operate a new or expanded engineering and applied sciences campus in NYC in exchange for access to city-owned land and up to $100 million in city capital”.

The proposals will now be evaluated over several weeks. While selection is expected in January 2012,the project could break ground as early as next year.

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In August,Newsline had reported that IIT Bombay has submitted the initial proposal to NYCEDC. However,the previous proposal was not from the consortium of universities. IIT Bombay authorities had then said that since the proposed campus requires significant amount of funding,the institute is exploring local partners and looking at the possibility of setting up a partnership with a well-established US-based university where the budget will have to be reworked in consultation with the partnering institution. According to the final proposal,Downtown Brooklyn has been chosen for the proposed campus.

The consortium proposes to create a centre for urban science and progress,an applied science institute,which will focus on researching and developing solutions to urgent and complex urban challenges globally.

Even as NYC will be used as a real-life setting for research and development work,the aim is to work with municipal

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agencies in partner cities by focusing on actual problems while simultaneously applying solutions to actual settings. It aims to have 400-500 students,both masters and PhD.

The earlier proposal submitted by IIT Bombay also said it initially plans to start masters’ and doctoral programmes.

It said the focus will be on fundamental research,leading to creation of knowledge and publications,and technology development initiatives. Besides IIT Bombay,the partner institutions in the consortium also have a strong focus on research.

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Meanwhile,the second Indian institute which features on the list is Amity University,which has given Governor’s Island as its choice of site.

First published on: 02-11-2011 at 02:12:46 am
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