Myanmar Institute of Information Technology (MIIT) is a National Centre of Excellence established by the Government of the Republic of Union of Myanmar to impart education and conduct research in the field of Information Technology. The Institute is being established with the help of the Government of India under a MOU entered into between the two Governments. The International Institute of Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT- B) India is the mentor institution which is providing technical and academic support to the project.
IIITs, with their unique model of education, research, and industry interaction, are Institutions of considerable repute in academic as well as corporate circles in India and abroad. IIIT-B was established in 1999 with a vision to contribute to the IT sector by focusing on education and research, entrepreneurship and innovation. IIIT-B with its excellent credentials and linkages to software industry has been entrusted with the role of mentoring the MIIT.
A Ground Breaking Ceremony, signaling the auspicious beginning to the establishment of the campus was held on 17th June 2014 at Mandalay. The Ceremony was presided over by the Hon’ble Union Minister H.E Dr. KoKoOo, Ministry of Science and Technology Myanmar. Deputy Minister H.E Dr Aung KyawMyat, Ministry of Science and Technology and Ambassador of India to Myanmar, H.E. Gautam Mukhopadhaya also participated in the Ceremony. A team of professors from IIIT-B comprising of Prof Sadagopan, Professor Vijaya Raghavan, Dr. KRV “Raja” Subramanian and Dr. Debarata Das and officials involved in the project from Myanmar and Ministry of External Affairs, GoI also attended the ceremony.
Ambassador Mukhopadhaya thanked the Honourable Union Minister for the support extended by the Government of Myanmar for the project. He congratulated the team from IIIT(B) for the successful commencement of the course in Post Gradate Diploma in Software Development at Bangalore from 5th May 2014 which is the first programme under the banner of MIIT. He hoped that the Degree Programme would be able to begin from December 2014 at Mandalay as scheduled.
Ambassador Mukhopadhaya said that India’s continued commitment for development cooperation in Myanmar includes a financial commitment of US$ 24 million earmarked for IT projects. Notable projects in the field of IT which have been completed/are under active implementation with assistance from India include – the establishment and subsequent upgradation of IMCEITS at Yangon; establishment of the Language lab and E-resource centre at MOFA Nay Pyi Taw and Yangon; hardware assistance to the Central Land Records Development Training Centre (CLRDTC) Takkyi Township, Yangon; support to the IT Training Programme for 100 Young Myanmar Entrepreneurs at the Infosys Global Education Centre, India (as part of the Myanmar President U Thein Sein’s Initiative to develop human resource and entrepreneurship in Myanmar) in collaboration with UNESCAP; and the proposal for setting up Centre of Excellence in Software Development and Training (CESDT) under the ASEAN-India Fund.
In his remarks Ambassador mentioned that the Information technology sector in India has increased its contribution to India’s GDP from 1.2% in 1998 to 7.5% in 2012. The IT sector In India aggregated revenues of US$100 billion in 2012, growing by over 9%. He said that many IT companies from India have already been engaged by the Government of Myanmar and the private sector for various projects under implementation and hoped that Myanmar would further leverage India’s expertise and experience in the IT sector for growth of its economy and development of the Country.