Re-launch of the Syrian Indian Center for Information Technology (New Generation)

On February 10th, the Embassy of the Republic of India in Damascus, in cooperation with the Ministry of Communications and Technology, announced the relaunching of the Indian-Syrian Center  for Information Technology (New Generation).

An embassy press release  stated that the Indian government is committed to equipping the center's offices and the necessary work stations in addition to the required tools and software.

 

The Indian Advanced Computing Development Center (SIDAC) will also provide training certificates, equipment, textbooks and train the trainers.

The center was launched in Syria in 2010 .Youth cadres training in information and communication technology, programming languages, and artificial intelligence graduated from it.

About 700 trainees graduated and completed 43 training courses.

Syria announced that the center would be reopened and upgraded.

In his speech, the Indian ambassador in Damascus Hafiz Al-Rahman stressed that the center’s goal is to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria by developing the human resources required in the information technology sector, which will result in strengthening a long-term partnership between the two countries.

Ambassador Hafiz Al-Rahman presented the stages of establishing the center, which started with the initial agreement of establishment in 2009 ,starting work in 2010, but it was unable to continue its work due to the circumstances of the war on Syria.

With the return to normal life in the country, the two sides agreed to raise the level of the center to become a center for the new generation.

In turn, the Minister of Communications and Technology, Eng. Iyad Al-Khatib, indicated that the aim of reopening the center is to supply the information and communications sector with educated cadres capable of using information, especially with the arrival of Syria to an advanced stage with regard to e-government.

Minister Al-Khatib said that the Indian experts who are responsible for training cadres of trainers in the center will arrive in Syria next April.

The ceremony was attended by the Chairman of the Planning and International Cooperation Authority, Dr. Imad Sabouni, and a number of assistants to the ministers from the ministries of Information, Communications, Technology, Higher Education and Scientific Research, members of the People's Assembly and directors of departments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates.

 

O. al-Mohammad