Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, the former President of India during his inaugural address to the African Parliament in Johannesburg on 16th Sep. 2004, proposed to connect all 53 AU member countries with Indian institutions with a satellite and fiber-optic network to share India's expertise in the fields of Education and Health care for accelerated socio-economic development of Africa. AU accepted the Indian proposal and signed an umbrella MOU with Govt. of India (through Ministry of External Affairs - Nodal Ministry) |
Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India appointed TCIL as the turnkey implementing Agency of the project network. The role of TCIL includes design and implementation of Total Network Solution
Operations & Management Support for the project period (5 years after commissioning of the network, further extended by 2 years), providing Tele-Education and Tele-Medicine Services in collaboration with Indian Universities and Super Specialty Hospitals selected by Govt. of India. The network is in operation since February 2009.
It is a single largest project of one of its kind, which has brought the African countries under one umbrella for collaboration and development.
The designed network comprises of
- " MPLS network connecting 5 Indian Universities and 12 Super Specialty Hospitals to Pan African e-Network Data Centre at TCIL Headquarters
- " VSAT based Network connecting learning centre, patient-end Hospital and VVIP node in each of the 48 member countries of African Union, 5 Regional African Universities and 5 Regional Super Specialty Hospitals to Satellite Hub Station at Dakar, Senegal
- "A submarine Optical fiber cable link (IPLC)between Pan African e-Network Data Centre at TCIL HQ and Satellite Hub Station at Dakar,Senegal
- " The Tele-education and Tele-medicine services are managed through Pan African e-Network Data Centre at TCIL headquarters.
- " The network also provides VVIP connectivity for videoconferencing and VOIP among the 48 African head of states.
The network envisaged to impart education to 10000 students in various courses, Continued Medical Education (CME) for 500 practicing doctors and 1000 nurses over the project period of 5 years. In Tele-medicine, it was to provide online consultation for one hour and offline consultation to 5 patients per working day per country
There has been an overwhelming response for Indian education with over 19000 students registered with the Indian Universities for education. More than 5500 sessions have been conducted by Indian Universities for various Post graduate, Under graduate, Diploma and Certification programmes.
Telemedicine services are being delivered from 12 Indian Super Specialty Hospitals in 18 Medical disciplines which includes General (Internal) Medicine, Radiology, Adult Cardiology, Pediatric Cardiology, Neurology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Infectious Diseases/HIV-AIDS, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Pathology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Medical Oncology, Urology, Genetics, Gynecology, Ophthalmology.
More than 6000 Continued Medical Education sessions and 750 online/offline Tele-medicine consultations have been conducted as an ongoing process. 24 Sessions in French every month since August, 2011 are also being conducted.
Recently Pan African e-Network has been awarded "India Image Enhancement Award" in Dainik Bhaskar's 7th India Pride Awards 2015-16 for Pan African e-Network Project.
Pan-African e-Network Project has also been recognized for its contribution in the field of sustainable development with "the Hermes Prize for Innovation 2010" by the European Institute for Creative Studies and Innovation and also has been awarded for "Best Development Initiative for Africa for the year 2009" by the Africa Telecom People.
Similar Tele-medicine initiative has been undertaken for SAARC nations as well, whereby Tele-medicine services are delivered from PGI, Chandigarh and SGPGI, Lucknow to Nepal and Afganisthan.