Aiming to increase the R&D infrastructure in the telecom sector, the government on Tuesday said it will set up five Centres of Excellence (CoE) in the first half of 2008.
The government has proposed to set up eight CoEs across the country, out of which three would be set up this year.
"The other proposed CoEs would be set up in the first half of 2008. It would be a good idea for these CoEs to develop telecom and IT solutions for rural areas at an affordable price," Minister of IT and Telecom A Raja said at an event organised by Ficci.
The first two CoEs would be set up by IIM Ahmedabad in association with telecom company Idea Cellular on 'Telecom Policy Governance, Regulation and Management, Customer Care and Marketing' and by IIT Kharagpur in association with Vodafone Essar on 'Next generation Telecom Networks and Network Technology'.
The third one would be established by IIT Delhi in partnership with Bharti Airtel. The MoUs to this effect were signed today among the companies and academic institutions.
The remaining centres are still in the process for their agreements.