India to set up education planning institute in Burundi

(New Kerala)Taking its capacity building initiatives in Africa forward, India has inked a pact with Burundi, a landlocked country in eastern Africa, for setting up an institute of education planning and administration.

An agreement between National University of Education Planning & Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi and Burundi’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research was inked last week for setting up India-Africa Institute of Education Planning and Administration (IAIEPA) in capital Bujumbura.

Binod Kumar Singh, Registrar, NUEPA and Julien Nimubona, Burundi’s Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, signed the document.

The institute was set up in accordance with the plan of action formulated during the First India-Africa Forum Summit held in New Delhi in April 2008 that envisaged the establishment of 21 training institutes across Africa.

In the second India-Africa Forum Summit held in Addis Ababa May 24-25, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced New Delhi’s intention to establish over 80 additional training institutes across the African continent.

The focus on training centres is an integral part of India’s Africa engagement that seeks to spur development cooperation and using Indian expertise to bolster capacity building and human resource development in the African continent.

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