ITEC Day 2016 cel­e­brated in Thim­phu

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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.

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