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India urged to set up IIT in Malaysia

A number of international as well as domestic factors have contributed to this situation.

Manmohan Singh at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in New Delhi Wednesday.Prem Nath pandey
Manmohan Singh at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, in New Delhi Wednesday. Prem Nath pandey

Malaysia has extended an invitation to the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) to set up a branch campus in the country. Datuk Seri G Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources & Environment of the Republic of Malaysia, made the announcement in the Capital on Wednesday.
“Several students from Malaysia come to India to get degrees in dentistry, engineering and medicine and some of the Indian educational institutions have already set up centres there. We also invite the IITs to set up a branch campus in Malaysia,” he said, adding that Malaysia would also like to work closely with India in the area of biodiversity. Of Indian origin, Palanivel is also the President of the Malaysian Indian Congress.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who inaugurated the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in the Capital, meanwhile assured the Indian diaspora of the country’s continued support to them and said there is no reason to despair about India’s present or worry about its future.
“There is a perception in some quarters outside India that the country is losing its momentum of the past decade. This is also amplified by the political contestations here in India, which are inevitably louder in the election season that is now on the horizon,” the PM said.
He added that the country is “heading towards better times” and urged the non-resident Indian community to remain engaged in the future of the country with confidence and optimism. Quoting an average growth rate of 7.9 per cent per annum since 2004, Singh said, “There has been no doubt a slowdown in the recent past, and we will probably end this year at the same level as last year with 5% growth. A number of international as well as domestic factors have contributed to this situation. Despite these challenges, our economic fundamentals remain strong.”