The government of India has signed agreements with several countries in Africa to provide greater access to education, including Study in India and the provision of 15,000 scholarships.
India’s Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed agreements for the implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network project in Africa.
The Study in India project in Africa is considered an important milestone in the development partnership between India and Africa, and is viewed as a digital bridge of knowledge and health between the two, Indian news portal moneycontrol reports.
The three African countries involved in the project are the Republic of Congo, Ghana and Malawi.
This e-network seeks to provide quality tele-education and tele-medicine by linking universities, institutions and super-specialty hospitals in India with complementing African institutions.
The e-VBAB Network project is completely funded by the Government of India for its full duration and this project is a furthering of Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) that was in place in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 to 2017.
Phase 1 successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine to the linked institutions in the participating African countries.
e-VBAB to provide 15000 scholarships to African students in India
TS Tirumurti, Secretary of Economic Relations for the Government of India, said: “The Indian government will offer 15,000 scholarships to African students over the next five years to pursue short term courses, undergraduate and postgraduate courses at top Indian universities.”
Over the five years that this phase will operate, in addition to the 15,000 scholarships, the project will provide free tele-education courses for 4000 students every year from the African countries.
It will also provide free continuing medical education to 1000 doctors, nurses and paramedics from Africa. Indian doctors will be involved in the project by providing free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.
Tirumurti emphasised Africa as a priority in India’s foreign policy and urged other African countries to sign MoUs to benefit from the programmes.
Stating that higher education, digital disruption and machine learning are major challenges that need to be addressed, Tirumurti stressed on the need for the development partnerships to be demand driven.
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