IIT Madras Zanzibar

IIT Madras Zanzibar is going to introduce the international IIT to be set up outside India. IIT Madras Zanzibar is on its way to opening its door to the academic session 2023-24.

IIT Madras is the parent institution that took the step forth forward to set up this IIT outside India  

The establishment of IIT in Tanzania marks a significant step in strengthening the ties between India and Africa. It reflects India’s growing interest in the African continent and its commitment to promoting education and human resource development in Africa.

About IIT Madras Zanzibar

  • The first academic session of IIT Madras Zanzibar is going, to begin at the onset of October.
  • The institution is going to bring in two academic courses only.
  • Dr Preeti Aghalayam has recently become the first woman director of IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus.
  • Prof Ligy Philip will be the in-charge of the infrastructure of the IIT Madras Zanzibar campus. She will be supervising the infrastructure of both the temporary as well as the permanent IIT Madras Zanzibar campus.
  • The permanent campus will be spread across 200 acres on Zanzibar Island.
  • For the first year, the two academic courses are going to offer data science and artificial intelligence courses.
  • IIT Zanzibar will open its doors with a batch of 50 undergraduate students and 20 master’s students. 
  • The institution will be one of the three campuses outside of India, with the others located in Abu Dhabi and Kuala Lumpur.
  • Preeti Aghalayam is one of the IIT Madras notable alumni.

IIT Madras Zanzibar Admission

Dates for BS programme:

  • Date and Time of Examination September 03, 2023; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Indian Standard Time
  • Dates of Interviews for shortlisted candidates September 10 – September 15, 2023
  • Announcing results and sending admission letters on September 20, 2023

Dates for the MTech programme

  • Date and Time of Examination August 20, 2023; 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM Indian Standard Time
  • Dates of Interviews for shortlisted candidates August 27 – August 30, 2023
  • Announcing results and sending admission letters on September 5, 2023

Read in detail:  IIT Madras Zanzibar Admission, Courses, Eligibility 2023

IIT Zanzibar Fees

The IIT Zanzibar Fees fees for a four-year bachelor of science degree in Data Science and AI (Artificial Intelligence) is $12,000 per annum.

The IIT Zanzibar Fees for a two-year master of technology degree has a fee of $4,000 per annum.

IIT Madras Zanzibar Courses

Two courses will be provided at IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus –

  • BS in data science and AI and
  • MTech in Data Science & AI.

BS in Data Science & AI

The BS in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence at IIT Madras’ Zanzibar Campus is a comprehensive curriculum in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. It is designed to teach in-demand skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving field of artificial intelligence. 

The program involves foundational and professional courses like probability theory, linear algebra and statistics. Along with the theoretical aspect, the course will also involve hands-on projects that help the students prepare for a future filled with limitless possibilities in DS & AI.

IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus
IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must have passed Class XII (or equivalent) in the last 3 years.
  • Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education (Form VI) with 3 principal passes, in Natural Sciences
  • Final examination of the 10+2 system or two-year Pre-University, conducted by any recognized Central/ Indian State Board (CBSE etc.)
  • General Certificate Education (GCE) Examination (London/Cambridge/Sri Lanka) at the Advanced (A) Level
  • High School Certificate Examination of the Cambridge University or International Baccalaureate Diploma of the International Baccalaureate Office, Geneva
  • Any Public School/Board/University examination in India or in any foreign country recognized as equivalent to the 10+2 system by the Association of Indian Universities (AIU)

Fees: The fee for the BS course in Data Science and AI is $12,000 per annum.

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Curriculum For BS in Data Science & AI

The course will be a 4-year programme divided into 8 semesters, having 2 semesters each year. The degree program will also provide a summer industrial internship. 

Here is the semester-wise syllabus for BS in data science 

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Calculus Science
  • Physics for Data Scientists Science
  • Engineering Calculations Science
  • Basics of Computing Engineering
  • Writing for Self Humanities

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Probability Theory
  • Chemistry for Data Scientists Science
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • ProfessionalBasics of Engineering Principles Engineering
  • Writing seminar Humanities

Semester 3

  • Applied Linear Algebra Science
  • Statistical Theory for Engineers Science
  • Programming and Data Structures including Lab Professional
  • Introduction to Optimization Engineering
  • Elective (Programming for Engineers Suggested) P/S/E/H

Semester 4

  • Design of Algorithms Professional
  • Database Management Systems Professional
  • Foundations of Machine Learning Professional
  • Machine Learning Lab Professional
  • Biology for Engineers Science
  • Humanities Elective Humanities

Semester 5

  • Introduction to Graph Theory Science
  • Elective Engineering
  • Data Mining – Scaling to large data Professional
  • Deep Learning Professional
  • Deep Learning Lab Professional
  • Elective P/S/E/H

Semester 6

  • Natural Language Processing Professional
  • NLP & Computer Vision Lab Professional
  • Computer Vision Professional
  • Elective P/S/E/H
  • Elective P/S/E/H
  • Elective Professional

Semester 7

  • Responsible AI Professional
  • Project I Professional
  • Elective Professional
  • Elective Professional
  • Elective P/S/E/H

Semester 8

  • Project II Professional
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

MTech in Data Science & AI

This program presents a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum designed to cultivate expertise in DS & AI. Along with core courses like Mathematical Foundations of Data Science, Programming and Data Structures and a selection of supplementary electives.

There is a heavy emphasis on hands-on lab work and industry-driven projects, students acquire research aptitude along with the necessary skills to succeed in the job market.

Fees: The fee for the MTech course in Data Science and AI is $4,000 per annum.

Eligibility for MTech in Data Science & AI

4-year UG degree in Engineering/Science

The curriculum of MTech in Data Science and AI

The duration of the MTech degree program at IIT Madras Zanzibar Campus is 2 years with 4 semesters. 

The semester-wise syllabus for MTech in Data Science at IIT Madras  Zanzibar Campus:

Semester 1

  • Research Skills & Seminar
  • Mathematical Foundations of Data Science
  • Programming & Data Structures
  • Introduction to Data Analytics
  • Elective

Semester 2

  • Elective
  • HS Elective
  • Programming & Data Structures
  • Big Data Laboratory
  • Data Analytics Laboratory
  • Elective 2
  • Elective 3
  • Elective 4

Semester 3

  • Project I (Summer)
  • Project II

Semester 4

  • Project III


Where is IIT Madras Zanzibar Located?

 IIT Madras Zanzibar campus is set to be situated in Zanzibar city, which is located on an island off the coast of East Africa. 

Which courses will be offered and IIT Zanzibar Fees?

The IIT Madras Zanzibar campus will offer 2 courses for the 2023-24 batch. These will be, a four-year bachelor of science degree in Data Science and AI (Artificial Intelligence) with a fee of $12,000 per annum and a two-year master of technology degree in the same for $4,000 per annum.

When is the IIT Madras Zanzibar campus going to start?

V Kamakoti, the director of IIT Madras said that “We will be starting the campus on October 24, 2023, which is also the United Nations Day,”.