India offers to build IT, educational infrastructure for Turkmenistan

September 19th, 2012 - 9:24 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 19 (IANS) India on Wednesday offered to build information technology (IT) and educational infrastructure for Turkmenistan to provide better education.

The offer was made by India’s Communications Minister Kapil Sibal during his two day visit to Turkmenistan where he held bilateral discussions with top leaders of the country.

“In his meeting with Sapardurdy Toyliev, Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Ministers of Education and IT, Sibal reiterated India’s support in building infrastructure for providing better education through ICT application and services,” the ministry of communications and IT said here in a statement.

Sibal offered India’s help in launching an educational satellite which will be linked to the National Knowledge Network through which professors from top Indian universities can deliver direct lectures to Turkmenistan students.

Offering, the low cost tablet ‘Aakash’ to Turkmenistan students, Sibal said a joint venture between Indian and Turkmenistan companies can be formed which may manufacture the low cost tablets in India.

The Indian side will design the necessary hardware and software of the tablet fulfilling the needs of Turkmenistan. Besides supplying low cost tablets to Turkmenistan, the joint venture company could also market the product to other international markets.

Toyliev suggested taking forward these ideas for mutual cooperation through experts of both sides, who could meet in the near future to work out the modalities.

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