The University of Punjab Crest
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
April 06, 2012 (CUOPM)
The possibility of St. Kitts and Nevis students furthering their education in India was discussed on Friday.
The Federation’s Prime Minister, the Right Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas, who is on an Official Working Visit to India visited the Lovely Professional University of Punjab, which has a student population of over 30,0000; 18,000 of whom reside on the 4 square kilometer campus.
Prime Minister Douglas addressed an audience of about 300 students faculty and staff and thanked the University for their contribution to the development of the brain trust of 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.
Prime Minister Douglas used the opportunity to stress the ongoing transformation of the national economy which is being driven by the services sectors and emphasized the roles that technical and vocational and Information Communication Technology (ICT) will play in a more globally competitive St. Kitts and Nevis.
Dr. Douglas stressed the need to take the one-to-one laptop initiatives in secondary schools at a higher level and explored options for the young people of both St. Kitts and Nevis to further develop their computer skill and to become entrepreneurs and drivers of information technology revolution.
Prime Minister Douglas is accompanied by His Excellency Mr. Kevin Isaac, St. Kitts and Nevis’ High Commissioner in London and Senior Assistant Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ms. Beverly Knight.
The St. Kitts and Nevis leader is the second Caribbean Prime Minister to visit India this year. In January, the Hon. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago visited the Asian nation.