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India to build Information Technology and educational infrastructure for Turkmenistan

Ashgabat (Turkmenistan), Sept 19 (ANI): On the second day of his two-day visit to Turkmenistan, Minister for Communications and 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.

Sibal promised to provide technology and capacity building initiatives to Turkmenistan and 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 the companies of India and Turkmenistan can be formed to 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 in other international markets too.

Further, Sibal 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, he added.

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

Sibal also met Rozymyrat Seyitkulyev, Deputy Chairperson of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan on Transport and Communication.

He said India can help Turkmenistan in setting up its satellite system, OFC network, GPS network for navigation for shipping industry and similar purposes. (ANI)