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State-British Council sign MoU

Minister, School Education & SCERT Nyiewang Konyak; Addl. CS, SE & SCERT Banuo Z. Jamir; Director East India British Council Sujata Sen & officials of the British Council and Nagaland governement at the signing of the MoU. (DIPR)
Correspondent KOHIMA, DEC 15 (NPN)
Published on 16 Dec. 2009 1:23 AM IST
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: Nagaland government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the British Council, Kolkata for setting up of an examination centre under International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in the state, at the State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Kohima on Tuesday. A first of its kind in the country, the IELTS MoU was signed by additional chief secretary to the government of Nagaland, school education & SCERT, Banuo Z. Jamir, IAS on behalf of the government of Nagaland and director, East India British Council, Sujata Sen it the office chamber of minister of school education & SCERT, Nyiewang Konyak. Expressing happiness over the pact, Konyak hoped that the IELTS would help the Naga people to study or work abroad. He thanked the representatives of the British Council, Kolkatta for initiating the project in the state. Representative from the British Council, Sujata Sen said that the starting of IELTS in the state would fulfill the needs of the students who wished to study abroad. She expressed hope that the council would get to understand the needs of the Nagas through mutual ties. Sen informed that the council planned to give English language training for students and teachers and also added that mock tests would be conducted from time to time. She also informed that some officials from the SCERT Nagaland had undergone Training of Trainers workshops at Bhubaneshwar and Kolkata earlier this year in connection with the setting up of the IELTS exam centre in the state. Additional chief secretary, school education and SCERT, Banuo Z. Jamir said that the IELTS would benefit Nagas as the centre of test would be conducted under the SCERT in Kohima. She said the MoU was signed for a period of two years and expressed hope that it would be extended over the years. She said the IELTS was designed to assess the English language proficiency of candidates who needed to study or work in those countries where English was the mode of communication. She said the test was open to everybody, provided that he or she was qualified. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills - listening, reading, writing and speaking. The test is recommended for candidates above the age of 16. The test in Nagaland is proposed to commence from March 2010 and would be conducted twice a year. (with DIPR inputs)

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