State firm to teach computers at Saudi varsity
The Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation will send 100 teachers to the capital of Saudi Arabia to conduct its three-month module for 7,000 students of the university. Zeeshan Shaikh reports.india Updated: Apr 29, 2008 03:58 IST
A company floated by the government to propagate basic information technology knowledge in the state will now teach computer skills to students of the King Saud University in Riyadh.
The Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation will send to the capital of Saudi Arabia 100 teachers to conduct its three-month module for 7,000 students of the university.
The corporation will be teaching students from outside the country for the first time, after the success of a pilot project at the university involving a team of 12 teachers and 800 students that began in October.
“MKCL (Maharashtra Knowledge Corporation Ltd) will be teaching basic computer skills to students of the King Saud University,” corporation chairman and Higher and Technical Education Minister Dilip Walse Patil said.
Corporation officials said authorities in the West Asian country were impressed with its computer literacy work in the state and requested it to teach the Saud university students. Corporation officials said they had also received similar requests from universities in Vietnam, Japan and Kyrgyztan.
During the three-month module, the students will be taught basic computer concepts such as computer hardware, software, architecture, networks, information security, and the Internet.
Set up in 1957, the King Saud University is a premier educational institute in West Asia with a student strength of 70,000 and a large number of western teachers.
With 7,000 instructors at its 3,494 authorised training centres across 34 districts, the corporation can lay claim to having taught 30 lakh students in the state.