ITEC Day 2016 celebrated in Thimphu
Lyonpo Norbu Wangchuk, Minister of Education, who is an ITEC Alumni, was the Chief Guest on the occasion of the celebration of The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day in Thimphu on the 21st of September 2016.
The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted on 15th September, 1964 by a decision of the Indian Cabinet. While conveying their decision to initiate the ITEC programme, the cabinet noted that “a programme of technical and economic cooperation is essential for the development of our relations with the other developing countries on the basis of partnership and cooperation for the mutual benefit. It would be a concrete manifestation of our resolve to contribute to the evolution of world community based on the interdependence of all its members in the attainment of their common goal for promoting the social and economic wellbeing of their people.” Since then 15 September is celebrated as ITEC sssDay every year.
More than 300 guests including ITEC Alumni, senior dignitaries and officials from various Ministries attended the function. A few of them shared their experiences in India with the gathering and highlighted the benefits of the courses they had attended. Teachers and students of Jigme Namgyel Lower Secondary School presented a colourful cultural programme and enthralled the audience with their performance.
Under this flagship scheme of the Government of India, training is imparted to more than 160 partner countries including Bhutan. 47 Training Institutes offer 280 courses in diverse fields ranging from IT, public administration to election management, SME, entrepreneurship, rural development, parliamentary affairs, renewable energy to name a few. All the training programmes are conducted in prestigious Institutes in India. This year Bhutan has been allotted 100 additional ITEC slots, i.e. 300 slots under ITEC and 60 slots under Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) of Colombo Plan.
In the past four years more than 1000 Bhutanese candidates from Government, SemiGovernment and Private Sector have availed and benefitted from the above training courses.
Under the ITEC and the technical cooperation scheme 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.