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NEW DELHI: Malaysia has invited the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) to establish a branch in the south-east Asian country.
Addressing the 12th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas as chief guest here on Tuesday, Malaysian Minister for Natural Resources and Environment Datu Seri G Palanivel said his country would welcome the IIT system to open a branch.
Malaysia is home to nearly two million people of Indian origin and Palanivel is the president of Malaysian Indian Congress.
Palanivel highlighted that since many Indian institutions have already set up branches in his country, he would like to invite the IIT system to come to his country. Malaysia students also come to India to study dentistry, engineering and medicine.
He said Malaysia has learnt from the Indian experience in biodiversity and was eager to collaboration with Indian institutions in this field.
The Indian-origin Malaysian minister said his country has modelled its draft bill on India’s national biological diversity bill.
In his address, Overseas Indian Affairs Minister Vayalar Ravi welcomed the people of Indian origin for connecting with the land of their ancestors. He said Pravasi Bharatiya Divas on January 9 each year marks the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to India in 1915.