Malaysia, a country which has nearly two million people of Indian origin, has invited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to set up a branch in the country. Addressing the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas in New Delhi, Malaysian Federal minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Daru Seri G Palanivel invited IIT to set up a branch in the south-east Asian country. He further added that 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. The Minister also stated that Malaysia would like to work closely with India in areas of biodiversity. Setting up a premier institute like IIT in Malaysia could prove to be beneficial for both the countries as it can cater to the educational needs of the students of Malaysia and would also help the people of Indian origin to connect with the land of their ancestors.
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