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Learning Centre at Alexandria University in Egypt inaugurated - A Report
Source : TCIL

July 30, 2009

The Learning Center at Alexandria University, Egypt, which forms part of the Pan-African e-Network Project was inaugurated today. On this occasion, Hon`ble Dr. Hany Hilal, Minister for High Education and Dr. Tarek, Minister for Communications and IT, Mr. Ahmed Darwish, Minister for Administrative Development of the Arab Rewpublic of Egypt, and H.E. Mr. R.Swaminathan, Ambassador of India in Egypt visited the Learning Center and had a brief on-line interaction with the Vice Chancellor IGNOU Prof. V.N.Rajasekharan Pillai. Egyptian authorities appreciated the project and thanked the Govt. of India for its initiative, and were eagerly looking forward to launch of e-Learning in Egypt over this network.

The Ambassador of India was keen to know from TCIL when would the actual teaching sessions start from the Indian Universities, and when would the set-up in the other Indian universities be ready. Mr. J.S.Chhabra, ED (Technical), TCIL briefed him about the action already taken in this regard and requested him to use his good offices to facilitate the signing of MOU between the Alexandria University and the Indian Universities IGNOU and Amity University, which were both fully equipped to start tele-education on the network. Dr. S.Nanda, Director (ID) IGNOU requested the ambassador for his help in enrolment of Egyptian students for various courses offered so that IGNOU could start the delivery of sessions soon.

      The Ambassador was very happy to see the progress on the project and assured us that we could count on him in regard to signing of MOUs and enrolment of students. He said, he would want this initiative to stimulate the educational authorities in Egypt to take maximum benefit out of the services from India over the network.

The Learning Center Alexandria is one of the 20 Learning Centers commissioned in Africa, as part of the Pan-African e-Network Project funded by the Government of India at a budgeted cost of Rs.542.90 crore (US$ 116 Million).

TCIL and IGNOU thanked the Ambassador for his keen interest in the project and his assurances for facilitating the start of tele-education services in Egypt.

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