ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR’S President Dr Hussein Mwinyi has expressed his appreciation to the Indian government for providing opportunities to enhance capacity in the field of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
Dr Mwinyi made the statement on Sunday while bidding farewell to the outgoing Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Binaya Srikanta Pradhan. President Mwinyi emphasised that India played a crucial role in building capacity among the people of Zanzibar through training.
This year, the first international campus of the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) was officially opened in the Indian Ocean semi-autonomous archipelagos. The Zanzibar campus offers a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, as well as a twoyear Master of Technology programme in Data Science and AI.
IIT Madras, a renowned public technical university in Chennai, is considered one of the best universities in India. President Mwinyi thanked the Indian High Commissioner to Tanzania, Pradhan, for his services in the country.
“During your tenure here, High Commissioner Pradhan, you have made significant contributions to strengthening the relations between our two countries, for which we highly commend you. We particularly appreciate your efforts in establishing the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT Madras) University-Zanzibar campus,” Dr Mwinyi said.
The departing Indian High Commissioner paid a farewell courtesy call to Dr Mwinyi at Zanzibar’s State House after serving in Tanzania for three years. Mr Pradhan, on behalf of the Government of India, promised to maintain diplomatic relations, including providing scholarship opportunities in India.
The High Commissioner also invited Dr Mwinyi to visit India and the President of Zanzibar accepted the invitation.