Bhutanese alumni celebrates the ITEC day 2015
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.