Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed agreement for implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in Africa. The project is seen as digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. It is also considered as important milestone in India’s development partnership with Africa.
E-VBAB Network Project
It is technological upgrade and extension of Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) which was implemented in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 till 2017. The phase 1 of project had successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from participating countries from Africa.
e-VBAB Network Project is completely funded by Government of India for its entire duration. It is open for participation to all India’s partner countries in Africa. Over its five-year duration, this project will provide free tele-education courses to 4000 students every year from African countries. It will also be utilized for providing free continuing medical education (1000 every year) doctors, nurses, para-medical staff from Africa. Further, Indian doctors, through this project will also provide free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.