Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) have signed an agreement for the implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in Africa.
The 'e-VBAB' Network Project is seen as a digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. It is also considered as the important milestone in India’s development partnership with Africa.
The 'e-VBAB' Network Project is a 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 'e-VBAB' Network Project phase 1 had successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from participating countries from Africa.
The '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.
The 'e-VBAB' Network Project in five-year of duration, will provide free tele-education courses to 4000 students every year from African countries.
The 'e-VBAB' Network Project will also be utilised 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.