Indian govt. offers ICT support to Turkmenistan

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Kapil Sibal
New Delhi: On the second day of his two day visit to Turkmenistan, the Indian Minister for Communications & IT Kapil Sibal held bilateral discussions with the leaders of Turkmenistan in-charge of Education/IT and Transport/Communications.

In his meeting with Sapardurdy Toyliev, Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Ministers of Education and Information Technologies, Sibal reiterated India’s support in building infrastructure for providing better education through ICT application and services. Promising to provide technology and capacity building initiatives, Sibal offered India’s help in setting up an Educational Satellite which will be inter -connected to National Knowledge Network through which professors from top Indian Universities can deliver direct lectures to Turkmenistan students.

Offering, the low cost tablet “AKASH” to Turkmenistan students, Sibal said a joint venture between Indian and Turkmenistan companies can be formed which may manufacture the low cost tablet in India. Indian side will design the necessary hardware and software of the tablet fulfilling the needs of Turkmenistan. Besides supplying the low cost tablet to Turkmenistan , the joint venture Company can market the product to other International markets too.

During the meeting, Sibal also offered India’s help in setting up International Schools in Turkmenistan. Central Board of Secondary Education International (CBSEI) schools may be set up in Turkmenistan where students can be imparted education by Indian teachers who may be deputed from India to Turkmenistan for this purpose.

In his reply, Sapardurdy Toyliev suggested taking forward these ideas for mutual cooperation through experts of both sides who can met in the near future to work out the modalities.

Sibal also met Rozymyrat Seyitkulyev, Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on Transport & Communication. He said India can help Turkmenistan in setting up its Satellite system, OFC network, GPS network for navigation for Shipping Industry etc. Bayramgeldi Ovezov, Minister of Communications was also present in the meeting.
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