Malaysia urged India to open a branch of Indian Institutes of Technology in Kuala Lumpur on 8 January 2014. Datuk Seri G Palanivel, Federal Minister for Natural Resources and Environment of the Republic of Malaysia made this announcement at ongoing 12th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas in the capital.
Palanivel is the chief guest of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas and is also the President of Malaysian Indian Congress. Biodiversity is another field in which Malaysia wants to work with India. Malaysia has nearly two million population of Indian origin. Malaysian Government is also finalizing a draft bill for natural resources and benefit sharing.
IITs are autonomous institutions and are governed by the Institutes of Technology act, 1961. Many Malaysian students come to India for better education service. If IITs open its branch in Malaysia then they can get quality education at much lower cost.
Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi recalled that Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas is held every year on 9 January as on the same day, Mahatma Gandhi returned from South Africa.
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