India Plans to Set up a Centre of Excellence at Al-Azhar University, Egypt

Sarika Rana updated on : 09 Dec 2016
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This is an effort to enhance the cooperation in higher education between the two countries. Read on to know more!

India Plans to Set up a Centre of Excellence in Eg

India will set up a centre of excellence in information technology early next year at the Egypt’s oldest and premier Al-Azhar University. This initiative has been taken to enhance the cooperation in higher education between the two countries. This centre will be set up in the engineering department of the university.

About 150 Indian students are studying in the university and India’s ambassador to Cairo Sanjay Bhattacharya backs this initiative because it promotes the idea of learning from each other’s teachings. The main ideas are to work with the youth in Egypt in terms of advanced technologies, IT and provide jobs here.

Additionally, in the wake of increasing radicalism and terrorism across the world, both Indian region and Egypt region are not immune to it. This brings to the kind of courses Al-Azhar University offers, which is liberal and not extremist when it comes to teaching Islam. Al-Azhar’s role of spreading moderate Islam has been known to India, which is why it is open to set up such centres of excellence.

India and Egypt-Building Stronger Ties

India and Egypt have always shared a strong economic relationship and various other fronts. Now, India plans to expand its horizon and spread its wings under the education sector. India has collaborated with Egypt in achieving two large development projects- the solar project and a vocational training centre. It is also looking to collaborate into a sector of micro and small enterprises, specifically in renewable energy sector (solar energy to be precise). Now that a centre of excellence is all set to be launched, India expects a lot many collaborations happening with Egypt next year.

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