The memorandum of understanding (MoU) with west African nations has been inked during the Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s recent three-day visit.
Kovind, accompanied by the high-level delegation in the capital Cotonou, said that India was committed for the development and growth of Benin, and has also announced the extension of e-visa facility to Benin.
Under the initiative, TCIL, a telecom consultancy, and infrastructure services will initially extend free e-education courses to about 15,000 African students and telemedicine courses to 5000 doctors and paramedics in two nations.
The services would, however, be extended to a self-sustainable model after the initial study during the pilot program.
TCIL’s director – Technical Kamendra Kumar signed the agreements with Benin and Guinea on behalf of India.
The country’s public sector firm is aggressively exploring business opportunities worldwide and is planning to establish a Cyber Academy to offer relevant skillsets to government officers locally and overseas.
The Pan-African e-network project (PAeNP) for e-education and telemedicine was conceived by India’s former president APJ Abdul Kalam and was formally launched on February 26, 2009.
With as many as 5 educational institutions and 12 Indian super specialty hospitals participating in the first phase of the project saw an overwhelming response for Indian education with over 21,000 African students benefitting and more than 20,000 sessions conducted.
In addition, 6,700 continued medical education sessions (CME) and 800 telemedicine consultations were provided to the African doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has initially proposed to start a pilot project with 14 African countries that include Ghana, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, South Sudan, Liberia, Benin, Republic of Guinea, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Sudan.