According to the country’s external affairs minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, this is in addition to thousands of other students from the 19 different countries in the continent who have benefited from the virtual education platform, e-VidyaBharti, run by his government since 2019.
“We are committed to enhancing capacity building & skill development among African youth,” the minister said at the 17th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India-Africa Growth Partnership in Delhi last week.
“In this context, you would recall that we had announced 50,000 scholarships during India Africa Forum Summit-III in 2015, out of which more than 32,000 scholarship slots have already been utilised.”
The e-VidyaBharti offers diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate study opportunities to students and professionals.
A number of students and officials from Africa have been trained under the ITEC program, a technical and economic cooperation initiative run by the external affairs ministry for the benefits of developing countries, he noted. Among others, it includes educational scholarships and a “wide range of capacity building programs including short-term civilian and military training courses”.
“India has helped African countries to promote digital transformation through setting-up of IT Centres, Science & Technology Parks and Entrepreneurship Development Centres,” he observed.