IIT Madras is accepting applications for courses at its Zanzibar Campus, which is a special collaboration between the Governments of India, Zanzibar, and IIT Madras. The IIT Zanzibar campus is offering two full-time academic programs: a BSc curriculum in data science and artificial intelligence (AI), and a two-year MTech program in data science and AI.
Both programs at the IIT Zanzibar campus are open to students from all nationalities, including Indians.
If you’re interested, apply online before August 5, 2023, at https://zanzibar.iitm.ac.in. The website provides information about fees, accommodation, living costs, sample question papers, and financial aid. IIT-Madras plans to enroll 70 students, with 50 for Bachelors and 20 for Masters courses, according to Director V Kamakoti.
The IIT-Madras faculty will be initially deputed or recruited from India for the Zanzibar campus. They are also working on developing local talent to serve as faculty in the future. Additionally, a comprehensive plan for academic programs is being created, with inputs from experts in both India and Zanzibar.
For the Bachelor’s course, the fees will be USD 12,000 (Rs 9,87,000) per year, and for the Master’s course, it will be USD 4,000 (Rs 3,29,000) per year. Last month, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to establish the IIT-Madras campus in Zanzibar, a beautiful Tanzanian archipelago located off the East African coast.
Last month, the Ministry of External Affairs emphasized that the establishment of this campus reflects the strong bond between India and Tanzania. It also highlights India’s commitment to fostering people-to-people connections across Africa and the Global South.
As per the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020, high-performing Indian universities are encouraged to establish campuses in other countries. In response to requests from the Middle East and South Asian countries, several IITs, including IIT-Madras and IIT-Delhi, are considering setting up campuses in Tanzania and the UAE, respectively. Additionally, IIT campuses are being planned in Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, and the UK.