The building of the centre’s IT infrastructure is funded with VND120 billion (US$5.19 million) by the Indian Government.
The second phase of the centre is set to be put into use in late 2019.
Maj. Gen. Khuc Dang Tuan, Commander of the Signal Corps, said the centre covers 30,000 square metres of land in Vinh Hoa ward of Nha Trang city. Once completed, it will be able to provide training for 2,000 people and also be the working place of 1,000 people with research and development tasks to provide services for the army and the society.
Visiting Indian Minister of Defence Nirmala Sitharaman highly valued the two countries’ cooperation through the outcomes of the first phase of this centre, adding that India is ready to send experts to continue supporting Vietnam in IT infrastructure building and personnel training.
She said this cooperation is a demonstration of the enhanced comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Vietnam.
At the ceremony, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defence Nguyen Chi Vinh described the centre’s achievements as an illustration of the right development direction of the cooperation and friendship between the Governments, armies and people of Vietnam and India.
This is also an important pre-condition for the two defence ministries to continue investing in the second phase to turn the centre into a prestigious establishment in training high-quality IT and foreign language manpower and researching, applying and transferring IT and telecommunication technologies.
With strong support of India, phase I of the IT and foreign language centre was inaugurated in April 2015. It has opened 52 training courses on IT and English for more than 4,000 army and non-army students so far.