Economy in India is rapidly growing. In order to continue and even accelerate such growth based on the emerging knowledge economy and manufacturing, it is a serious and urgent agenda that India is to increase and improve both quantity and quality of higher academic institutions in the area of science and engineering which nature human resource with sufficient knowledge and skills, who can lead research and development to identify a new methodology of technical innovation as well as respond needs from industrial sector.
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is India's best and brightest higher education institutions in science and engineering, winning highly competitive Joint Entrance Examination across all IITs where only one out of several aspirants pass, students at IITs have been studying from India's top-ranking qualified faculties under the best possible studying environment. As such, IITs have contributed to identify, train and provide such best qualified human resources.
In order to meet the growing demand for such qualified human resources in the area of science and engineering, the government of India decided to establish 8 new IITs during the eleventh five-year plan period from 2007 to 2012, then requested Japanese assistance to set up one of them. Following the deliberate discussions, both Government of Japan and India agreed to work on the establishment of IIT-Hyderabad together. 5 focused area of academic collaboration, namely Nano-technology & Nano-science, Digital Communication, Environment & Energy, Design & Manufacturing, and Civil Engineering were also identified to develop mutually beneficial relationship seeking synergy and complementarity between India and Japan.
This holistic Programme for Collaboration with IIT-H aims at building a long-lasting firm partnership between India and Japan through integrated assistance combining joint research initiatives, academic exchanges, and IIT-H campus development based on mutual inputs between higher education institutions/ industrial clusters of Japan and IIT-H.
As shown in the conceptual diagram below, the programme offers comprehensive assistance in research and development, human resource development and improvements in infrastructure with three modalities of Official Development Assistance (ODA) scheme namely SATREPS, technical cooperation, and ODA loans.
For research and development, JICA supports to make enabling research network environment between IITH and Japan in 5 Academic Areas of Cooperation. As a result, a joint research through SATREPS named "The Project for Information Network for Natural Disaster Mitigation and Recovery in India (DISANET)" has been already going on. For human resource development, a technical cooperation project named "the Project for Future Researchers at IIT-H to Enhance Network Development with Scholarship of Japan (FRIENDSHIP project)" is also under implementation. FRIENDSHIP project promotes various forms of academic/research exchanges. Currently, the project offers scholarship programme for IIT-H graduates to study for PhD and Master degrees in Japanese universities. Furthermore, the Government of India allocated a plot of land in the suburbs of Hyderabad city and requested the Government of Japan to provide Japanese ODA loans to develop a part of campus buildings which symbolize partnership between India and Japan. To facilitate the design of those requested buildings, a technical cooperation project named "Campus Design Project for IIT-H through Academic Exchange and Interdisciplinary Collaboration" is going on.
The Government of Japan established the IIT-H consortium of Japan coordinated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan. The consortium is the umbrella organization consists of Japanese stakeholders from government, academia, and industry aiming at promoting collaboration with IIT-H. JICA, as a Japanese ODA Executing Agency, participates in the consortium and ensure that our activities in coordination with other partners in Japan contributed to assistance for IIT-H by all actors in Japan.
Conceptual diagram of JICA’s special programme for collaboration with IIT-H
The programme undertakes the integrated management of various development assistance schemes implemented concurrently and simultaneously. Such schemes include ODA loans to develop the buildings for the IIT-H permanent campus, technical cooperation to design such buildings to symbolize partnership between India and Japan, technical cooperation to enhance academic/research human exchange network including scholarship provision to study in Japanese universities, and SATREPS for interdisciplinary joint research and development between India and Japan. JICA aims at synergy and complementarity of such multi-tiered assistance for both soft and hard components, which will effectively contribute to capacity development of the top-notch high educational institute symbolizing partnership between India and Japan.
The programme also aims at strengthening partnership between India and Japan through enhancing academic and research collaboration between India and various human resources consisting of the IIT-H consortium of Japan coordinated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
IIT-H is 1 of 8 IITs which are decided to be newly established during the eleventh five-year plan in India. Having located a temporary campus in suburb area of Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, IIT-H started in 2008. As of 2011, approximately 800 students study in various departments such as mechanical engineering, computer science engineering, electrical engineering, material science and engineering, civil engineering, and both the number of students and departments are increasing. IIT-H is planning to shift from the temporary campus to the permanent campus nearby in 2013 onwards.
IITs in India
Note: Green ones are newly established under Eleventh Five Year Plan 2007-12.
IIT-H Temporary campus in use
IIT-H permanent campus site(2km2)
IIT-H campus master plan