Indian Government establishing a centre for Information and communications technology at the Solomon Islands National University.
The Indian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, H.E Vijai Kumar, and the Minister for Foreign Affairs and External Trade Hon. Jeremiah Manele signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday to establish a centre of excellence for Information and communications technology (ICT) at the Solomon Islands National University ( SINU).
Through the MOU, the government of India will supply the computer hardware, software, resource books, course materials, and related resources and SINU will provide facilities to accommodate the ICT Centre. The government of Solomon Islands will facilitate the clearance of the equipment and deal with the tax and customs duties.
According to a related article in today’s Solomon Times on line news slot, from which I quote:
“H.E Vijai Kumar highlighted that Indian technical experts will be at SINU to install the equipment and his government will fund two IT experts to run the centre and deliver training for two years. The Indian government will also send six Solomon Islanders to India to undertake six months Master program in advanced IT courses.
“Hon. Jeremiah Manele said the government and people of Solomon Islands is appreciative of India’s generosity and gift and value the friendship established since 1987.
“The vision is to create a pool of knowledge workers and generate employment opportunities by producing world-class IT professionals to attract investment into the Solomon Islands and generate revenues through software export,” said the Foreign Affairs Minister.
Coinciding with the introduction of broadband internet technology and services in the Solomon Islands, the Indian Government’s initiative and help will be highly beneficial to SINU’s department of Computing Studies.