Bhutanese alumni cel­e­brates the ITEC day 2015

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To bring to­gether to all the Bhutanese alumni once a year, more than 200 Bhutanese who availed the In­dian Tech­ni­cal Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (ITEC) pro­gram schol­ar­ship took part in the ITEC day 2015 cel­e­bra­tion last Fri­day at the In­dia House com­plex in Thim­phu.

Dur­ing the ITEC day cel­e­bra­tion, the In­dian Am­bas­sador to Bhutan Gu­atam Bam­bawale, said that ITEC is a de­mand driven pro­gram and there­fore im­ple­mented here in Bhutan for many years and in the last three years, more than 650 Bhutanese from all walks of life have availed the tech­ni­cal train­ing un­der the ITEC pro­gram in In­dia. Am­bas­sador fur­ther added that it has ben­e­fited not only the of­fi­cial for the Royal Gov­ern­ment but it has also been availed by the cor­po­rate and the pri­vate sec­tor work­ers and they have been able to en­hance their tech­ni­cal and other fields.

At present, there are 200 slots for Bhutan ev­ery year un­der the ITEC pro­gram and another ad­di­tional of 60 slots un­der the Colombo Plan.

Since In­dia and Bhutan are neigh­bor, friends and part­ner, am­bas­sador added that strong, pros­per­ous and pro­gres­sive Bhutan is In­dia’s in­ter­est and con­versely po­lit­i­cally sta­ble, eco­nom­i­cally dy­namic and so­cially ef­fec­tive In­dia is Bhutan’s in­ter­est.

Mrs. Anu Go­lay, a teacher at Babesa Mid­dle Sec­ondary School and also a re­cent alum­nus of ITEC pro­gram shared her ex­pe­ri­ences and said that it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence in­ter­act­ing with peo­ple who came from var­i­ous cul­tural and fi­nan­cial back­grounds.

Ac­cord­ing to the press re­lease from the Em­bassy of In­dia to Bhutan, it stated that the ITEC pro­gram was es­tab­lished in 1964 fo­cuses on shar­ing of ex­pe­ri­ences, trans­fer of tech­nol­ogy and ca­pac­ity build­ing and forms a very im­por­tant com­po­nent of In­dia’s de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and as­sis­tance ef­fort.

Un­der the pro­gram, sev­eral nom­i­nees of the Royal Gov­ern­ment has availed short term train­ing in In­dia in var­i­ous fields such as IT, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, man­age­ment, ru­ral de­vel­op­ment and in other var­i­ous tech­ni­cal and spe­cial­ized field.

Un­der this pro­gramme of Colombo Plan, more than 160 coun­tries which in­clude Bhutan are in­vited to share In­dia’s de­vel­op­men­tal ex­pe­ri­ence ac­quired over six decades of her ex­is­tence as a free na­tion.

Start­ing from the year 2012 till date, more than 800 Bhutanese from all walks of life have availed tech­ni­cal train­ing un­der the two schemes of ITEC and tech­ni­cal co­op­er­a­tion scheme (TCS) Colombo Plan. These train­ing cour­ses have not only been availed by the of­fi­cers and the of­fi­cial from the Royal Gov­ern­ment but also have availed by the cor­po­rate and the pri­vate sec­tor’s worker to en­hance their hu­man re­source skills lead­ing to ca­reer de­vel­op­ment for them.

The press re­lease fur­ther stated that the knowl­edge and the ex­pe­ri­ence gained through the var­i­ous train­ing pro­grammes of­fered un­der ITEC would en­able In­dia to fur­ther share its ex­pe­ri­ence with Bhutanese na­tion­als and helps en­hance their hu­man re­source in ma more in­no­va­tive and ef­fec­tive man­ner.

Mean­while, the main pur­poses for or­ga­niz­ing the ITEC day was an oc­ca­sion to bring to­gether all the Bhutanese alumni once a year to ex­change their ex­pe­ri­ences and knowl­edge ac­quired by them dur­ing their train­ing in In­dia.

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