ITEC alumni cel­e­brated the day

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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

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