The sister Commonwealth country is being viewed as one of the education hubs of the world and the current visit there by Prime Minister Denzil Douglas has been classified as the beginning of a new era that can deliver significant opportunities and benefits for each of the two countries.
However, for the past ten years, it has been Taiwan that the government looked to for the development and growth of the local IT sector in St. Kitts. Taiwan also provided great assistance to the government for the establishment of the IT facility now located at the Paul Southwell Industrial Park in Basseterre.
Now, more support is being explored and India has become a potential partner for the government. In pursuit of this objective, Douglas has so far visited and met with the Chancellor of Lovely Professional University (LPU) in Punjab, Mr. Ashok Mittal.
The St. Kitts and Nevis leader, who is being accompanied by the country’s High Commissioner to the UK, Mr. Kevin Isaac, was briefed on the standard of education in the Indian Universities, interacted with the students and faculty of the University and also shared views on different aspects of the IT education.
Dr. Douglas also explored the possibilities of bilateral collaborative efforts for the promotion of education with Ramesh Mittal, Chairman of the Lovely group, Vice Chairman Naresh Mittal, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal and Vice Chancellor Ramesh Kanwar.
“Education is going in a very extended and novel form in India and this great country has been becoming the Education Hub of the world. We also anticipate how India can be a patron to Caribbean country for promotion of IT Education and in set up of Information Technology,” Douglas was quoted as saying in an Indian publication.
Meanwhile, one of the other areas discussed on the Indian visit is the possibility of St. Kitts and Nevis students furthering their education in India.
He also held a private meeting with the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, Academic Dean and other senior staff about the possibility of having students from St. Kitts and Nevis pursuing tertiary studies at the University.