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.