Dr Surendra Colin Thakur

Colin-ThakurPosition: e-Skills CoLab Director
Tel: 031 373 6991
Email: thakur@dut.ac.za
Location: 134 Steve Biko Road
Campus: Steve Biko Campus
Qualification(s): DTECH (ICT)



Dr Surendra Colin Thakur  completed a DTech in Information Technology, of which his research focused on “System Architecture for Secure Mobile Internet Voting”. Additionally, Colin has presented various papers with reference to RFID and has received the Best Paper Award at the DUT Informatics Conference in the years 2007 and 2008.

Colin has served on many executive forums over the years such as EXCO, SENATE, Faculty Board, etc. He was also the National Treasurer of the Computer Society of South Africa (CSSA) for a year, and later on the Chair of the KZN Computer Society of South Africa for three years, and Vice-Chairman for two years…Read More














The KwaZulu-Natal e-Skills CoLab was established in 2011 at Durban University of Technology (DUT). Prior to the establishment of the KZN CoLab, DUT was recognised as a world leader in e-voting research, and was working on leveraging training for Gov 2.0. It is for this reason that DUT was identified as the academic partner for the KZN CoLab.

DUT has an entrenched commitment to fulfil its mandate of “A preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship”. DUT is further committed to recognise the context that it exists in. One dire need is to redress the digital divide. The e-Skills mandate fits hand-in-glove to allow the CoLab and DUT to fulfil this important gap.

The KZN CoLab aims to become a vibrant, committed and reputable government e-skills institution in the region. It will do this by proactively seeking research opportunities, building relationships with relevant stakeholders and develop tangible solutions for gaps and opportunities that exist. In particular, it will work at developing regional capacity to cultivate new solutions with a dynamic programme to e-skill the broader population in order to meet the goals set out in the National Development Plan.


The thematic area for the Durban University of Technology KZN e-Skills CoLab is e-enablement for effective service delivery.

The focus of the KZN e-Skills CoLab is as follows:-

  • To build and sustain digital skills in Kwa-Zulu Natal in the academic, public, and societal sectors;
  • To promote thought leader engagements in e-participation through seminars, talks, training, media interviews and workshops;
  • To develop an e-learning platform to support training programmes for government;
  • The development of programmes for unemployed graduates that would lead to subsequent deployment into ICT-related jobs (thus addressing both unemployment of young people by focusing on ICT areas where there is a skills shortage);
  • To add onto the knowledge base in the ICT sector via research.
  • Strengthening and expanding the partnership with relevant regional and national stakeholders.