Staff Reporter

KOCHI: Indira Gandhi National Open University is planning to start an Information Communication Technology (ICT) cluster in five South Asian countries for capacity building in the education sector.

The university has already given a presentation outlining the details of the plan to parliamentarians of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka, at the first-ever contact group meeting of parliamentarians on education organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) recently.

V. N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Vice-Chancellor of IGNOU, said that the university has given a presentation on developing an ICT cluster in these countries. “India will lead the action and IGNOU will be the nodal body to implement and operate it,” he said.

Prof. Pillai pointed out that this will boost education, help in capacity-building and generate education content across the region. Kapil Sibal, Union Minister for Human Resource Development, had earlier told the parliamentarians that such a cluster would help in the creation of wealth, skill development and employability.

Prof. Pillai said that IGNOU will develop e-content, facilitate virual classroom facilities and enhance access to millions of students.

From teacher's training to making students get quality and contemporary education, everything can be done efficiently.

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