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Manmohan opens Nehru IT centre in Tashkent

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for "bridging the knowledge gap" as he inaugurated a centre for teaching information technology here, named after India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 13:42 IST
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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for "bridging the knowledge gap" as he inaugurated a centre for teaching information technology here, named after India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Called Jawaharlal Nehru India-Uzbekistan Centre for Information and Technology, the institute symbolises the "modern and dynamic face" of India's engagement with developing countries of Central Asia, especially Uzbekistan, and seeks to transmit its proven expertise in knowledge industries like IT to these countries.

"Investment in education and training is an investment in the future of the country," Manmohan Singh said as Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyaev looked on.

"Countries must redouble efforts to bridge the knowledge gap, both within themselves and with advanced economies," he added.

"I am confident that the centre will train knowledge workers in Uzbekistan to enable them to compete with confidence in the global marketplace," Manmohan Singh said.

Manmohan Singh was in Uzbekistan on a 24-hour state visit - the first by an Indian head of government to this country in the last 13 years.