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Signing of Agreement between MEA and TCIL for the e-VBAB Network Project

September 10, 2018

  • On 10th September 2018, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and the Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd (TCIL) signed an Agreement for the implementation of e-VidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati (e-VBAB) Network Project in the presence of Hon’ble Minister of External Affairs and Hon’ble Minister of State (IC) for Communications. The signing ceremony was attended, amongst others, by the African diplomatic corps, senior officials from the Department of Telecommunication and representatives from Indian educational and healthcare institutions.
  • Speaking on this occasion, External Affairs Minister hailed the project as a digital bridge of knowledge and health between India and Africa. Recalling the ten guiding principles of our engagement with Africa set out by Prime Minister recently, EAM mentioned that government has put Africa at the top of India’s foreign policy priorities. This has been reflected in our enhanced engagement, including the fact that in the last four years, there have been 26 visits to African countries at the level of President, Vice President and Prime Minister in addition to several Ministerial visits. She called on the African partner countries to fully share and contribute to making this Project an even bigger success than its first phase.
  • E-VBAB Network Project is primarily a technological upgrade and extension of the Pan-African e-Network Project (Phase 1) which was implemented in 48 partner countries across Africa from 2009 till 2017. The Phase 1 of the Project successfully imparted tele-education and tele-medicine by linking educational institutions and hospitals in India with those from the participating African countries.
  • Over the 5 years project duration, e-VBAB Network Project will provide free tele-education courses in various academic disciplines to 4000 students every year from African countries. The Project will also be utilized for providing free Continuing Medical Education (1000 every year) to African doctors/nurses/para-medical staff. Further, Indian doctors, through this project will provide free medical consultancy to those African doctors who seek such consultancy.
  • In order to operationalise the e-VBAB Network Project, a Data Centre and Disaster Recovery Centre will be established in India along with Learning Centres in various African countries which decide to be part of the Project. There will be two separate platforms for e-VidyaBharati (tele-education) and e-AarogyaBharati (tele-medicine) which will link, through a web-based technology, various educational institutions and hospitals in India and the participating African countries.
  • The e-VBAB Network Project will be completely funded by the Government of India for its entire duration and will be open for participation to all our partner countries in Africa. The Project will be another important milestone in our development partnership with Africa.
New Delhi
September 10, 2018
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