It was mentioned by Rajashekharan Pillai, IGNOU Vice Chancellor (VC) that IGNOU has given a presentation on developing an ICT cluster in these countries. India will lead the action and IGNOU will be the nodal body to implement and operate it. According to the authorities, since, IGNOU had been doing similar work for years, developing an ICT based education cluster won't be costly.
In near future, Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) is planning to start an Information Communication Technology (ICT) cluster in five South Asian countries. A proposal has been prepared and suggested by IGNOU with the idea of building capacity in education sector. A presentation has already been given by the University, outlining the details of the plan to parliamentarians of Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka. It was given at the first ever contact group meeting of parliamentarians on education organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).