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PM for redoubling efforts to bridge knowledge gap

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asked the international community to redouble efforts to bridge the knowledge gap.

india Updated: Apr 26, 2006 19:37 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday asked the international community to redouble efforts to bridge the knowledge gap so as to enable full participation of youth and scientists in the global marketplace of ideas.

"Countries must redouble efforts to bridge the knowledge gap, both within themselves and with advanced economies. Only then can our youth and scientists participate fully in the global marketplace of ideas, knowledge and information," Singh said while inaugurating the the Jawaharlal Nehru India- Uzbekistan Centre for Information Technology in Tashkent.

"Investment in education and training is an investment in the future of the country. It is a tool for generation of employment and improvement in the quality of life," he said.

Noting that progress was linked to fully exploiting the opportunities created by the use of Information and Communication Technologies, Singh pointed out that India had made considerable strides in this field.

"The fruits of IT are now being harvested in rural India as well. We are working to take connectivity to the remotest corners of India,"Singh said.

He said the centre symbolises the modern and dynamic face of India-Uzbekistan friendship and cooperation.

Uzbek Prime Minister Mirziyoev Shavkat was also present on the occasion.

First Published: Apr 26, 2006 19:33 IST