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Honourable Minister Hassel Bacchus Engages with NIELIT and STQC Leaders in Delhi

On the morning of Tuesday 23rd January, the second day of his strategic visit, Senator the Honourable Minister Hassel Bacchus, along with his expert delegation, held an important meeting with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT).

On the morning of Tuesday 23rd January, the second day of his strategic visit, Senator the Honourable Minister Hassel Bacchus, along with his expert delegation, held an important meeting with the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology (NIELIT). This organisation is an Autonomous Scientific Society under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The assembly was graced by the presence of Dr. Madan Mohan Tripathi, Director General of NIELIT.

A pivotal discussion point was the potential for collaboration with the NIELIT Virtual Academy. This state-of-the-art online platform, enhanced by Artificial Intelligence, offers a compelling and immersive learning experience. It ingeniously integrates technology with psychology to cater to the dynamic requirements of students, professionals, and organizations. In-depth conversations also delved into specialized training programs in areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Cloud Computing. These disciplines are cornerstones of modern education and pivotal in driving innovation and digital proficiency.

The dialogue between Minister Bacchus and NIELIT officials was robust and constructive, paving the way for a promising partnership. This meeting underscores a shared vision to harness educational technologies for capacity building and to fulfill the evolving demands of the global digital economy. It also reflects a mutual commitment to empowering citizens with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in a digitally-driven future.

It is anticipated that the outcomes of this session will strengthen the educational frameworks and technological capabilities of Trinidad and Tobago, in alignment with global advancements and the country’s pursuit of a knowledgeable workforce.

Later that day, Senator the Honourable Minister Hassel Bacchus continued his series of high-profile meetings, this time with the Standardisation Testing and Quality Certification (STQC) Directorate, an attached office of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India. The STQC Directorate is renowned for its quality assurance services in the realms of Electronics and IT, operating through a comprehensive network of laboratories and centres across the country.

The discussions between Minister Bacchus and the STQC officials were thorough, focusing on the Directorate’s robust services which encompass Testing, Calibration, IT & e-Governance, Training, and Certification. These services are extended to both public and private sectors, ensuring that they the highest standards of quality assurance are met. The STQC’s laboratories boast national and international accreditation, underscoring their excellence in testing and calibration.

A central theme of the talks was the training and capacity building in quality assurance, particularly emphasizing the development of open-source software. Such initiatives are critical for bolstering the digital infrastructure and ensuring the reliability and security of software solutions.

The dialogue was indicative of Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment to elevating its IT standards and aligning with international best practices. By tapping into the expertise of the STQC, Trinidad and Tobago envisions the enhancement of its IT landscape, driving towards a future where quality assurance is synonymous with the nation’s digital products and services.

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