India scores over China; establishes leadership role in African education sector

India has launched a pan-Africa e-digital knowledge and heath network, establishing its leadership role in an area where China has not ventured yet despite its quest to extend its influence across the continent.

The five-year project, unveiled by external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, aims at providing free tele-education courses in various academic disciplines to 4,000 students annually from African countries. In addition, it will help provide free continuing medical education to 1,000 candidates comprising African doctors, nurses and paramedical staff. Indian doctors will provide free medical consultancy to African doctors who seek such consultancy, officials told ET.

The initiative comes amid domestic criticism of President Xi Jinping’s $60 billion package for Africa and rising concern…

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