Cook Islands look to grow technology co-operation with India  

India’s High Commissioner to the Cook Islands Muktesh Pardeshi is in Rarotonga this week to present his letters of credence and talk future co-operation with the Cook Islands Government.

A career diplomat, High Commissioner Pardeshi is resident in Wellington and cross-credited to New Zealand, Samoa, Niue, Vanuatu and as of this morning, the Cook Islands.  This visit by Pardeshi marks the beginning of accreditation by the Indian High Commission in Wellington to the Cook Islands – prior to now, relations between the two Governments had been managed via the India High Commission in Suva. 

This year marks 24 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and Pardeshi met with Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Tepaeru Herrmann this morning.  “We’re pleased to host a visit by High Commissioner Pardeshi who comes into this role with distinguished credentials having most recently contributed to significant expansion of India/Brazil trade in his role as India’s Ambassador to Brazil,” said Secretary Herrmann.  “Our collaboration with India to date has focused on technology particularly through the Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT – housed at the University of the South Pacific (USP) campus on Rarotonga) and transformative grass roots social and economic investment.  Looking to the future, we see scope for further co-operation in information technology, creative industries (including film and digital economy), agriculture, health and trade and in multilateral fora such as the World Health Organization (WHO) the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and others where we have collaborated fruitfully for a number of years now”.  

A hallmark of Cook Islands-India bilateral cooperation, the CEIT, established in 2018, is a joint collaboration between the two Governments that provides specialized training programmes in the fields of Information Communication and Technology (ICT).  Implementing agencies are USP for the Cook Islands and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) for India.  CEIT have in recent years delivered more than 10 programmes in country, graduating over 100 Cook Islands residents in the areas of network security, cyber forensics, office automation, business computing and advanced web technologies.  “Working closely with CEIT and High Commissioner Pardeshi, we hope to secure further investment by the Government of India in the CEIT to support our nation’s digital transformation endeavours and the social and economic benefits that would ensue, especially in the financial, health and education sectors.”  High Commissioner Pardeshi will meet with CEIT Director Miimetua Nimerota this week.

Through the India Grant Fund, India has pledged NZ$569,000 towards various community based education, health, water, sports and waste management initiatives to be delivered in the forward months with project implementation oversight to be provided by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Management Development Coordination Division (DCD).

During his visit, High Commissioner Pardeshi will also meet with Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mark Brown, Minister of Education Mac Mokoroa and senior Government officials from Agriculture, Transport and DCD. 

“The Cook Islands and India already have the following in common – shared Commonwealth heritage, business language, democratic traditions and people to people links,” said Secretary Herrmann.  “Arguably, India’s greatest asset is its youthful and increasingly educated population.  Given India’s globally competitive telecommunications and information technology offering, the increasing importance a transition to a digital economy must play in our own economic recovery, an expanded ICT cooperation agenda together with targeted recruitment of skilled migrant workers from India would contribute to the Cook Island’s prosperity”.  At present, some 30 citizens of India contribute to the Cook Islands economy and a further 100 or so citizens of Fiji of Indian descent are employed in the hospitality, ICT, financial services and transport sectors.  High Commissioner Pardeshi will meet with Indian nationals during this week’s visit. 

On a day to day basis, Ambassador Pardeshi and his staff interact with the Cook Islands through the Cook Islands High Commission in Wellington headed by Elizabeth Wright-Koteka.

Queries regarding this media release can be directed to Mackenzie Wichman at Ph: 29347 or mackenzie.wichman@cookislands.gov.ck

Certificate Course in Business Computing (CCBC)

CEIT is now accepting Registrations into the Certificate Course in Business Computing.

Semester Dates:Starts 28th Feb 2022
Ends 1 July 2022
Tutorial Times:4:30pm – 6:30pm every Thursday
Number of learning hours:320 hours over 13 weeks plus 4 weeks to complete major assignment and final examination
Course MaterialsTextbooks will be provided, learning materials available online via MOODLE
Eligibility QualificationThis course is suitable anyone with intermediate level computer and programming skill. This course is suitable for IT Professionals
Exit Profile:Database administrator, VB.Net developer, IT Support
Facilitator:Rex Valoa
Course Fee:$420.00 NZD Fee’s Free

Detailed Overview and Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide the student with skills, knowledge and competency in basic programming and advanced Microsoft Office. This qualification has a strong focus on information technology, software development life cycle, database technology, and communication skills. Students will develop understanding and skills in C programming, Object Oriented programming, Entity Relationship models, SQL data manipulation, and database technology. The end of the course students will gain confidence in using MS Access to design, create and manage simple databases, and using simple queries to search for data records.

Students who will complete this course will be able to work in ICT industries as a software developer, IT Support, VB.NET developer, Database Administrator and Support. This qualification can complement professionals working in various other industries such as finance, marketing, management, administration, law enforcement. Prospective students must have a sound knowledge of computer basics, and fundamentals of programming language.

This qualification has been designed in consultation with industry and domain expert keeping in mind the need for a more information and digitally literate workforce. In addition to these learning objectives, students will also have in-lab practice in basic computer security practices pertaining to antivirus/malware scanning of storage devices, phishing, identifying secure websites online, and more.

By the end of the course (320 learning hours) students will have developed an understanding, and competency in the following modules.

Sl. No.Module NameHours
1Fundamentals of Computers & OS Concepts        20
2Advanced MS Office 60
3C Programming 30
4Software Development Life Cycle20
5Object Oriented Programming with C++ and DS40
6Database Management using Ms Access30
7VB.Net as Front End 60
8Major Project 60
Total320

Detailed Course Outline

The CCBC Curriculum is competency and skill based which ensures students are able to demonstrate their skill in practice in order to effectively achieve the course learning objectives. Assessments are a combination of theory and practical, including classroom discussions, presentations, projects, and written examinations. 

This qualification is accredited through the Centre for Development in Advanced Computing (CDAC) under the National Skills Qualification Framework of the National Skills Development Agency, Government of India, and in partnership with India European Union Skills Development Project.

Fundamentals of Computer & OS Concepts (20 Hours)

  • Computer Fundamental:  Uses of Computer, Hardware, Accessories,
  • Types of computer
  • Hardware and Software
  • Operating System
  • Process Management
  • Threads
  • Process Scheduling
  • Memory Management
  • Virtual Memory
  • Input Output Management
  • File Management
  • Deadlocks
  • Inter–process Communication 
  • Classification of Computers 
  • Introduction to windows operating systems
  • The desktop, The window, application window, document window, Dialog Window
  • The Icons, Explore Your Computer, The Start Button and Taskbar.
  • My Computer, Windows Explorer, Starting and Closing Programs,
  • Installing Operating System
  • Performing a New Installation for Windows
  • Installing a Software other than OS
  • Setting up a printer
  • Uninstalling software

Advanced MS Office with Access (60 Hours)

  • MS Office 2010
  • Installing MS Office 2010
  • MS Word 2010
  • MS PowerPoint 2010
  • MS Excel 2010
  • MS Access 2010

C Programming (30 Hours)

  • Introduction to Programming Language
  • C Fundamentals
  • Operators and Expressions
  • Data Input and Output
  • Control statement
  • Functions
  • Arrays
  • Pointers
  • Structures and Unions 

Software Development Life Cycle (20 Hours)

  • Software: A Process
  • Various Phases in s/w Development
  • Software life cycle agile model
  • Introduction to Coding Standards
  • Testing Strategies and Tactics
  • Writing Test Cases
  • Configuration management
  • Software Quality Assurance 

OOP with C++ with DS (40 Hours)

  • OOP concepts
  • Programming constructs
  • Functions
  • Access Specifiers
  • Classes and Objects
  • Overloading
  • Inheritance
  • Polymorphism
  • Templates

Database Technologies (30 Hours)

  • Introduction to DBMS
  • Types and Components of DBMS
  • Advantages of DBMS
  • Database Design
  • Codd’s Rules
  • Normalization Techniques
  • Introduction to Oracle
  • SQL* Plus
  • DDL, DML and DCL
  • Tables, Indexes and Views
  • PL/SQL
  • Cursors
  • Stored Procedures
  • Triggers

VB.NET as Front–End (60 Hours)

  • Event driven programming
  • Form object
  • Data Types & Operators in VB
  • User Interface and control names
  • Procedures and functions
  • Modules and scopes
  • VB.Net Objects and Methods
  • Exception Handling
  • Classes
  • Inheritance, Polymorphism
  • Class Libraries
  • Interfaces & Abstract Classes
  • Delegates and Events
  • Intrinsic controls in VB .NET
  • Common controls in VB
  • User interface design (MDI & SDI Models)
  • Dates, Strings, Array, Collections
  • Structures
  • Working with Databases

Learning Resources and Student Support Services

Students will have full access to all CEIT and USP facilities throughout the semester. 

  • Course materials available online via MOODLE
  • CEIT library for textbooks and reference materials
  • Highly qualified and experienced trainers
  • Free academic counselling by appointment only
  • Computer lab is equipped with digital smartboard, computers and high-speed internet

Click here for a copy of the CCBC Qualification File

Certificate Course in Advanced Web Technology (CCAWT)

CEIT is now accepting Registrations into the Certificate Course in Advanced Web Technology. This course a ideal for anyone interested in Web design and development, or website administration. This qualification has a strong focus on information technology, web programming (Ajax, HTML, CSS, PHP, Javascript), Database concepts, and management development program. This course demands a command of wide-ranging specialized theoretical and practical skills, involving variable routine and non-routine contexts. Students should already have some basic knowledge and understanding of basic programming and website management.

Semester Dates:Starts 9th August 2021
Ends 12th November 2021
Tutorial Times:4:30pm – 6:30pm every Tuesdays
Number of learning hours:260 hours over 14 weeks
Course MaterialsTextbooks will be provided, learning materials available online via MOODLE
Eligibility QualificationThis course is suitable for IT Professionals and aspiring website developers
Exit Profile:Website developer, Web Administrator
Facilitator:Rex Valoa, MBA, MIS, Dip Advanced Computing
Course Fee:$420.00 NZD

Detailed Overview and Learning Objectives

The CCAWT Curriculum is competency and skill based which ensures students are able to demonstrate their skill in practice in order to effectively achieve the course learning objectives. Assessments are a combination of theory and practical, including classroom discussions, presentations, projects, and written examinations.  This qualification is accredited through the Centre for Development in Advanced Computing (CDAC) under the National Skills Qualification Framework of the National Skills Development Agency, Government of India, and in partnership with India European Union Skills Development

By the end of the course (260 learning hours) students will have developed an understanding, and competency in the following modules.

Sl. No.Module NameHours
1Computer & Programming Concepts        40
2Web Programming I (HTML, CSS, Ajax) 60
3Web Programming II (PHP, JavaScript) 80
4Internet Terminologies 20
5Database Concepts 20
6Project 40
Total260

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1 Computer & Programming Concepts (40 Hours)

  • Fundamentals of Computers
  • Uses of Computer, Hardware, Accessories,
  • Interfaces and their functions, Computer hardware connectivity
  • Primary and Secondary storage
  • Input-output devices
  • Software, types of software, Operating Systems
  • Software used in Academic departments and other area.
  • Computer language, Different types of Programming Languages
  • Operating System 
  • Programming concepts
  • Algorithm
  • Flow charts
  • Introduction to loops, functions

Module 2 Web Programming – I (HTML, CSS, Ajax)  (60 Hours)

  • HTML 5.0 programming
  • Overview of Internet and Web Pages
  • Introduction to HTML Tags
  • Introduction to Web Browser / Composer
  • Introduction to HTML Editor
  • CSS Introduction
  • CSS Syntax
  • CSS Id & Class
  • CSS How To
  • CSS Styling
  • CSS Box Model
  • CSS Summary
  • Introduction to Ajax
  • Web services and Ajax
  • Ajax using HTML, CSS

Module 3 Database Concepts  (20 Hours)

  • Database Concepts
  • RDBMS Technologies
  • Codd’s Rules
  • Normalization Techniques
  • SQL and PL/SQL
  • Overview of OORD (Oracle)
  • Introduction SQL*Plus
  • DDL, DML and DCL
  • Tables, Indexes and Views

Module 4 Web Programming – II (PHP, Java scripts) (80 Hours)

  • Java Script Introduction
  • JS output
  • JS statement
  • JS Comments
  • JS Variable
  • JS data types
  • JS Switches, loops
  • JS Events
  • JS Built-in Functions
  • JS DOM
  • Introducing to jQuery
  • Bringing pages to life with jQuery
  • JQuery Events
  • Energizing pages with animations and effects
  • DOM with jQuery utility functions
  • Introduction of UI Scripting Framework
  • Introduction to PHP
  • Working with arrays
  • Functions
  • Forms
  • Handling date and Times
  • Making web forms
  • Working with cookies and Sessions
  • Storing information with databases
  • XML
  • Working with files
  • Command line PHP
  • Running Shell command
  • IMAP, POP3 and NNTP
  • Graphics, PDF
  • Sending and receiving mails

Module 5 Internet Terminologies (20 Hours)

  • Creating a windows web services
  • Web services and Ajax
  • Deployments of application on Internet
  • Installation of PHP application/Website in LAN
  • Maintenance of application
  • How to do maintenance work with affecting the other web pages

Module 6 Final Project

Click here for a copy of the CCAWT Qualification File

Certificate Course in Office Automation (CCOA)

CEIT is now accepting Registrations into the Certificate Course in Office Automation. This course a ideal for beginners and office workers looking to improve their confidence and productivity in the workplace.

Semester Dates:Starts Monday 28 February 2022
Ends 1st July 2022
Tutorial Times:4:30pm – 6:30pm Tuesday (Cohort 1)
4:30pm – 6:30pm Wednesday (Cohort 2)
Number of learning hours:144 hours over 13 weeks plus 4 weeks to complete major assignment and final examination
Course MaterialsTextbooks will be provided, learning materials available online via MOODLE
Eligibility QualificationThis course is suitable anyone with basic computer literacy and office workers. This course is not suitable for IT Professionals
Exit Profile:Data entry operator, Office Worker, IT Support
Facilitator:Mii Nimerota
Course Fee:$420.00 NZD
Fee’s Free!

Detailed Overview and Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to provide the student with skills, knowledge and competency in using Microsoft Office applications and tools for improved office productivity. Students will develop a better understanding of computer hardware and software fundamentals, including basic troubleshooting tips. Students will learn how to confidently navigate the Windows environment for file management, data storage, and software installation. Students will learn the very basics for Microsoft Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint program, and develop an understanding of essential database concepts.

The end of the course students will gain confidence in using MS Access to design, create and manage simple databases, and using simple queries to search for data records.

In addition to these learning objectives, students will also have in-lab practice in basic computer security practices pertaining to antivirus/malware scanning of storage devices, phishing, identifying secure websites online, and more.

By the end of the course ( 144 learning hours) students will have developed an understanding, and competency in the following modules.

Sl. No.Module NameHours
1Fundamentals of Computer        14
2Operate Client Operating System – Windows Environment20
3Ms Office Tools60
4Database Concepts30
5Database Management using Ms Access20
Total144

Detailed Course Outline

Fundamentals Of Computers

  • Fundamentals of Computers,
  • Uses of Computer, Hardware,
  • Accessories, Interfaces and their functions,
  • Computer hardware connectivity
  • Primary and Secondary storage, Input-output devices,
  • Software, types of software,
  • Operating Systems, Software used in Academic departments and other area.

Operate Client Operating System ‐ Windows Environment

  • The Need of Operating System.
  • Functions of Operating System
  • Types of Operating System User Interface
  • Windows keys combinations Software installation

Ms Office Tools

  • Launch Word Processing Software
  • Work with the text formatting and editing features, save a document,
  • Add Bulleted and numbered lists,
  • Add clip art and auto shapes
  • Use page formatting (margins, size and orientation, header, footer, page numbers),
  • Use keyboard shortcuts
  • Launch Spread sheet Software and familiarize with the interface,
  • Save a workbook, Explore the Editing and Formatting cell features, Change width/height of rows and columns, Use basic formulae and functions and rename sheets in a workbook, Use Help feature and keyboard shortcuts
  • Getting Started with Presentation software,
  • Insert a New Slide,
  • Change the Title of a Slide,
  • Add an Image,
  • Add a Textbox, Set up a Master Slide,
  • Format the Master Slide,
  • Adding the animated images,
  • Resize an Image,
  • Slide Transitions,
  • Using help tools and features

Database Concepts

  • Introducing the Database Design
  • The Historical Roots of the Database: Files and File Systems
  • A File System Critique
  • Database Systems
  • Database Models

Database Management using Ms Access

  • Introduction to Access,
  • Create a Database,
  • Create a Table, Create a Table in Design View,
  • Create an Input Mask,
  • Add Data to Table,
  • Import Data from a CSV File,
  • Create a Relationship,
  • Create a Lookup Table
  • Create a Query, Create a Query with User Input,
  • How to use the Expression Builder,
  • Export Data to Excel (and XML),
  • Create a Form,
  • Add a Combo Box to a Form,
  • Create a Report,
  • Create a Macro,
  • Backup a Database

Learning Resources and Student Support Services

Students will have full access to all CEIT and USP facilities throughout the semester. 

  • Course materials available online via MOODLE
  • CEIT library for textbooks and reference materials
  • Highly qualified and experienced trainers
  • Free academic counselling by appointment only
  • Computer lab is equipped with digital smartboard, computers and high-speed internet

CEIT Director

Ms. Mii Nimerota
Director of CEIT Cook Islands

A Cook Islander, Ms. Mii Nimerota is a longtime advocate for information technology advancement, and the Director of the Centre of Excellence in IT with the University of the South Pacific Cook Islands Campus. Ms. Nimerota is responsible for leading, steering, and managing the CEIT on behalf of the Cook Islands Government, and to ensure the delivery of relevant IT training opportunities to Cook Islands residents.

Ms. Nimerota holds a Masters Degree in Information Systems, accredited to the Australian Computer Society, a Post Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Information Systems and Management & Public Administration from the University of the South Pacific. Mii has 10 years experience teaching information systems, information and communication literacy with USP, and has facilitated many government and community workshops in social media, website development, and basic computing to people of all ages.


CEIT Centre Head

Mr. Jaibheem Gaikwad

CEIT Centre Head
Jaibheem@cdac.in
http://www.facebook.com/CEITCookIslands

Mr. Jaibheem has completed his Masters of Technology (M.Tech.) in Digital Communications in 2015 from India. Prior to that he has done Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Electronics & Communications from India in 2012. Mr. Jaibheem started his career as a Network Engineer and He worked as Assistant Professor in several Universities in India and Published IEEE Papers in International Journals Also Presented IEEE Papers at National Conferences, Seminars etc. Also He worked on multiple projects with multidisciplinary teams, both nationally and internationally. He has an overall experience of more than 8 years in teaching in leading Institutes in India and possess high skills in Java & Networking Protocols, and is currently working with CDAC.