South Sudan Soon to Launch Tele-Education and Medicine

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South Sudan will soon benefit from tele-education and tele-medicine projects funded by the Government of India as part of a capacity building programme.

Equipment for the project have already been dispatched to South Sudan for installation, Vimal Wakhlu, Chairman and Managing Director for Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL) disclosed this to African journalists participating in a specialised training in India.

"South Sudan will soon benefit from the project since it is the baby country born to the African continent and to the world at large," Wakhlu stated. He added that the basic objectives of the Pan-Africa e-Network Project was to help build the capacity of the African countries by imparting quality education to students from some of the Indian universities.

He further explained that the Pan Africa e-Network had been funded by the Indian government with an approved budget of over US$116 million which was inaugurated earlier in 2009. This came as a follow up to the initiative taken by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the former President of India.

"Today this project exists in many African countries and before its end in 2014, we believe African countries will be able to sustain it for the next generation," asserted Wahklu. He further pointed out that within a period of five years over 10,000 students from Africa will learn tele-education and medicine.

The project also covers Continuing Medical Education (CME) to practising doctors and nursing staff with a view to update their knowledge and skills. The Africa Union member states signed the agreement with Telecommunication Consultants India Limited (TCIL) with its hub station at Dakar in Senegal. It has been working since 2008.