ITEC alumni celebrated the day
To provides a platform for Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) alumni of Bhutanese to come together and share their experiences gained while studying in India, the ITEC day was celebrated last Friday at the Ambassador’s resident, Indian Embassy, Thimphu.
The ITEC program was instituted by the government of India on 15th September 1964 in a bid to build and strengthen relationship with other countries on the basic of partnership and corporation for mutual benefit.
During the celebration, Indian Ambassador to Bhutan, Jaideep Sarkar said that the embassy believe the exchange of value of education is one of the most important aspect of bilateral relationship between the two countries.
Ambassador also added that Bhutan had adopted a modern education system and the skills that learnt in education system primarily with English and Mathematics gives you in all position in placing yourself and making yourself useful in global economy but for that we need to work little harder. “I do believe that there are many opportunities for Bhutan to become IT destination.”
“We have been trying since one year ago to link Bhutan with Indian companies to avail large pool of manpower from Bhutan.”
“Hope that Government of India and business companies will look towards those directions not only a source of profitable business but also to employ large number of youth who are entering into the job market in Bhutan,” added the Ambassador.
Lyonpo Nyeema Sangay Tshempo, minister for labour and human resources who was the chief guest for the celebration said that it’s very important for every country to develop human resources. To develop, it’s not always possible through our own effort and for Bhutan; India is a great friend in helping us in human resource development since our plan period 1960.
Although the education system in Bhutan we catered to office as an administrative, planner many more but, Lyonpo said that over the year with the increasing numbers of unemployment rate in the country, there has been shift in our education system.
“Gradually the education system of a country moving from general education to technical and vocational education,” added the Lyonpo.
Lyonpo said that to develop human resources, we need to skill our people, reliable skills and knowledge.
While Lyonpo further added that their intention in the long run was to make Bhutan a knowledge and skill base society. “We need to get education, skills, knowledge and information.”
For that we also need to recognize our attitude and train our self towards and towards the end probably we may become scientist, added the Lyonpo.
Therefore, Lyonpo said that for the training and skills, India has been partner for the human resource development.
Meanwhile, ITEC alumni shared their experiences to the gathering. The scholarship they availed through ITEC has been very instrumental in their daily lives. They also shared that since the participants came from all across the world; it gave them a room and energy to learn and share each other and understand the different culture and social behavior.
Under the program, Bhutanese students, civil servant, corporate employees and other avail various training courses in reputed institutes in India. Consequently, more than 300 of Bhutanese travel every year to India for training in various areas.
The program offers training in areas such as Information Technology, Public Administration, Election Management, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship, Rural Development, Parliamentary affairs, Renewable energy among many others. These courses are offered by more than 54 reputed training institutes across India.
The ITEC day in the capital is celebrated every year. Such program which was initiated by the Government of India has contributed to enhanced corporation and mutual benefits for the two countries.
Meanwhile, since 2012, more than 1200 Bhutanese have attended various ITEC training courses in India.
Students from Jigme Namgyel MSS entertain the crowd during the Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) day celebrated last Friday at the Ambassador’s resident, Indian Embassy, Thimphu