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Eminent Speak

Mr. Steve Ballmer, CEO, Microsoft Corporation:
India’s emergence as a global technology centre is the direct result of its strong education system. At Microsoft, we have always believed that education is the foundation for opportunity and success. One of our most important commitments is to help deliver high-quality educational materials to those who lack access to teachers and resources. The EduNxt distance learning platform is a great example of how information technology can extend the reach of great educational resources. We look forward to continuing to work with Manipal Education to expand educational opportunities in India.

Mr. Sukhadeo Thorat, Chairman, University Grants Commission:
I am very happy to know that Sikkim Manipal University of Health, Medical and Technological Sciences, Manipal is going to launch EduNxt (Technology infused Collaborative and Distributed Learning System) in stages from August 2009 session.

Prof. V.N. Rajasekharan Pillai, Chairman, DEC:
Sikkim Manipal University Distance Education (SMU-DE) has contributed significantly in this direction through its distance education programs since 2001. Their public-private partnership (PPP) with the Government of Sikkim has been a successful model. This has enabled students to choose from a plethora of courses, the one that truly interests them and adds value to their career. SMU-DE’s technology based initiatives such as EduNxt will empower students in their learning experiences. I see EduNxt as truly being the way forward for distance education in India, as is the case in the international education services sector. I am confident SMU-DE will continue to contribute to the distance education sector in India in a significant manner.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India:
Manipal is like the Nalanda of yore. I am happy to see engineering, medicine and other disciplines being taught in the same campus at Manipal, an ideal environment for research to flourish.

NR Narayana Murthy, Chief Mentor, Infosys Technologies Ltd:
State governments should concentrate on primary education. they need not be burdened with Higher Education. The achievement of the private sector in Higher Education is best illustrated by Manipal, which is the Harvard of India.

Azim H Premji, Chairman, Wipro Technologies Ltd:
When Dr.TMA Pai decided to build a medical college in Manipal, it sounded like an impossible dream. In the space of 50 years, Manipal was transformed into an education capital, which is proof enough of a powerful vision.