Press Esc to close
Thursday 18 September 2014
News updated at 2:47 AM IST
Weather
Max: 29.7°C
Min : 20.2°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

India's Pan-African network gets Hermes prize

New Delhi, Aug 13, (IANS):

The Pan-African e-network, a unique India-aided project that seeks to empower the resource-rich continent through tele-medicine and tele-education, has won a top international prize for innovation in the field of sustainable development.

The award was announced by the European Institute of Creative Strategies and Innovation, a think-tank that promotes strategies for innovation and renewal in Europe and worldwide, at meeting held on May 25 in Paris. The Hermes Prize for Innovation 2010 contains a certificate and a statue of Hermes, the messenger of gods in Greek mythology.

The citation describes the e-network as the most ambitious programme of distance education and tele-medicine in Africa even undertaken and hails it as “the first example of a large Project South-South development support.”

A brainchild of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the e-network seeks to bridge the digital divide across the 53-nation African continent and seeks to provide tele-medicine and tele-education.


The project is being shepherded and implemented by state-run Telecommunications of India Limited (TCIL). It also includes setting up a "VVIP" network between the heads of state or government.

External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna will inaugurate the second phase of the Pan-African e-Network Project Monday which will bring another 12 African countries into the ambit of the project. The first phase of the Project, covering 11 countries, was inaugurated by Krishna Feb 26 last year.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini at a function on women empowerment...

BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini at a function on women empowerment...

Differently-abled children wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate his birthday...

Differently-abled children wear masks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to celebrate his birthday...

Villagers perform worship of elephants on the occasion of Biswakarma Puja...

Villagers perform worship of elephants on the occasion of Biswakarma Puja...

Devotees take part in a procession on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations...

Devotees take part in a procession on the occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami celebrations...

Younga Yoo, shoots past India's Umapatidevi Thokchom at women's first round group A soccer match...

Younga Yoo, shoots past India's Umapatidevi Thokchom at women's first round group A soccer match...

A man pulls an inflatable raft with his son, through the flood water...

A man pulls an inflatable raft with his son, through the flood water...

Cars submerged in flood water after the Jammu and Kashmir floods...

Cars submerged in flood water after the Jammu and Kashmir floods...

Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher during a promotional event for their upcoming film Khoobsurat...

Sonam Kapoor and Kirron Kher during a promotional event for their upcoming film Khoobsurat...

Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding umbrella watch a cultural performance...

Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping, holding umbrella watch a cultural performance...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a traditional swing...

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on a traditional swing...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523