Digital Learning Asia 2006 – A curtain raiser

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In recent years, several countries in Asia have responded to the global need to constantly upgrade the skills and adaptability of human  resource with more imaginative educational expansion that can  support an accelerated spread of new technologies in the education system.  This has happened through nationaleducation strategies with a focus on integration of ICT in education at all  levels. However, counties are still in  different stages of this integration, coping with challenges of  infrastructure and implementation and bringing all those to  imelight in  order to initiate the action phase is what the Digital learning Asia 2006  is getting ready to do. And as part of initiating the process, the increasing awareness of governments and communities about the enormous  potential of ICTs for fast-forwarding their developmental process  and realisation of the undeniable  need for mutual learning and knowledge flow, was emphasized in the curtain raiser of Digital  learning Asia 2006. The ‘Curtain Raiser Ceremony and  First Meeting of the Program Advisory Board’ of the  orthcoming  Digital Learning Asia 2006 to be held  between 26-28 April, 2006 at Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand  was organised on 17 March 2006 at Bangkok by Centre for Science,  Development and Media Studies (CSDMS), India in association with  Ministry of Information and Communication Technology and  Ministry of Education, Royal Thai Government.  Held as an evening programme, at the luxurious Lilavadee Room of Rama  Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, the ceremony and the meeting drew  participation by more than 40  delegates, comprising honourable members of the Program Advisory  Board,   epresentatives from supporting partners and institutional  partners, senior executives and leaders from the IT industry and  members of press and media.
The programme started with the  welcome note by the Chairman of the Program Advisory Board, Kraisorn Pornsutee, Permanent Secretary,  Ministry of Information and  Communication Technology, Royal Conference Report Thai Government, who laid emphasis on the overriding importance for  creating enabling opportunity to encourage new learning paradigms  and intellectual networks through  platforms like that to be provided by Digital LEARNING Asia.
Speaking on the background of this  conference, Ravi Gupta, Director, CSDMS and Convener, Digital  Learning Asia 2006 explained the relevance of the event and its  commitment towards promoting and advocating ICT-led development of societies across the Asia-Pacific  region. Highlighting the remarkable momentum and popularity that this  event has already generated for itself across various countries and  stakeholders of the region, Mr. Gupta gave a vivid portrayal of the 24  national and international organiations associated with these  events in diverse roles and capacities. Following this, he presented the
details of conference programmes, covering each plenary and parallel  session, the invited speakers, paper  presenters and special workshops of the  onference.
An open floor discussion followed thereafter, wherein the members and  representatives of the Programme Advisory Board were engaged by the session moderator, the Chairman himself, to invite remarks and  suggestions. A good number of valuable inputs did come in, laced  with words of inspiration and intent of  the industry to provide support for the conference. Though concluded with suggestions, views and ideas, it was  not the end of the show. Just left the
Asian gathering to hold their breath  for the real show to begin- Digital Learning Asia 2006.

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