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Saudi Arabia and India to Exchange Scientists


Saudi Arabia : 03 March 2010

At the conclusion of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s historic visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, both countries signed an agreement to establish the India-Saudi Arabia Center of Excellence in Information and Communications Technology which will be based at King Abdulaziz City for science and Technology (KACST) in Riyadh.

The agreement was inked by Director General, Center for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), government of India, Rajan T. Joseph and President of KACST, Dr. Mohammed I. Al-Suwaiyael on behalf of their respective governments.

Joseph said that under the agreement, CDAC will arrange exchange of scientists as well as training programs and workshops in Saudi Arabia and India alternatively during next 5 years to promote research. The India-Saudi Arabia Center of Excellence in Information and Communications Technology’s activities will be in 3 main areas of consultation on IT programs, Research and Development as well as the use of Information Technology and Training.

Joseph also said that the main aim of the project is to build up a Resource Center for Open/Free Source Software and facilitate KACST in standardization (IDN, W3C and UNICODE), localization and development as well as to help joint R&D in fields like tools and technologies for Arabic language such as Optical Character Recognition (OCR), applications in Natural Language Processing (NLP) and development of a localized version of an operating system. The India-Saudi Arabia Center of Excellence in Information and Communications Technology will be a channel and a core building block for quality education and research. This will also assist Saudi Arabia to provide quality IT education and  opportunities to the scientific community to get access to related fields.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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