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Dr. Mwinyi launches first IIT today

THE Isles President, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, will today launch the first academic session of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras outside India, at Bweleo in Unguja West B District.

Briefing the media, the Minister of Education and Vocational Training, Lela Muhamed Mussa, said that the ceremony will be attended by various dignitaries, including the Indian High Commissioner in Tanzania, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan and the Indian Consul General to Zanzibar, Dr. Kumar Praveen.

The Minister said that the institute which will use the IIT curriculum along with 20 professors from India is owned by the government of Zanzibar.

She said Zanzibar has made history as the first country outside India to have an IIT campus since its establishment 64 years ago.

She added that 46 bachelor and Master of Science students have enrolled for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence programmes.

Among those admittees, 21 equivalent to 45.6 percent are Tanzanians, while 17 are Zanzibaris and the remaining 25 are foreigners from Nepal, Nigeria, and Ethiopia among others.

She said that the permanent campus of the institute is expected to be built at Fumba and the government has provided land for the project.

Commenting on admission fees, she said the fee is US$16,000 (Sh40 million) per year for the four-year first degree programme and US$8,000 (Sh20 million) for the two-year master’s programme.

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