Ethiopian students occupy 30 per cent seats at India’s defense training institute

PUNE: The Defence Institute of Advanced Technology (DIAT), a premier defence research training institute of the country, seems to be attracting interest from the Ethiopian defence ministry, as nearly 30 per cent of the seats for post-graduate courses at the DAIT are occupied by the Ethiopians.

The DIAT deemed university has been contributing in the sphere of human resources development for the defence forces which imparts education and training in defence technology to officers of armed forces, scientists of the DRDO, technical officers of the Ordinance Factory Board, directorate of quality assurance, public sector undertakings and friendly foreign countries.DIAT Pune

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“It’s our effort to join hands with friendly foreign countries for improving relations. The response from Ethiopia has been good and officers from the country have been inducted in large numbers for the M.Tech course,” said L M Patnaik, vice-chancellor of DIAT while talking to TOI.

As to why these students have approached the DIAT, Patnaik said that most aspirants are attracted by the research infrastructure available at the institute. The infrastructure available here is not available with any other institute. The Ethiopian students are bright and adapt to the Indian culture quickly. Patnaik added that apart from Ethiopia, other friendly nations, such as Sri Lanka and Maldives also send their officers for training at the institute. Most of these officers come for short-term courses.

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“Normally, we have around 70 to 90 students who take admissions in the M.Tech course. These include 20 to 30 Ethiopian. So, around 30 per cent of the vacancies are covered by these students,” said Madhav Phatak, assistant registrar, DIAT. According to Phatak, these students are the servicing officers of the armed forces of the country. After completing the two-year training, they would resume their duties at their respective departments.

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