ITEC day celebrated
The Embassy of India marked the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) day in Thimphu on September 28.
Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Nidup Dorji said that he was deeply humbled by the generous support provided by Government of India in pursuing ITEC traning programs. He said that the platform enhanced the Bhutanese in human skill development, finding memories and making lot of friends.
Ambassador of India to Bhutan, Shri Jaideep Sarkar shared that education is the enormous significance and it’s a seed to develop in the years to come. He urges Bhutanese to take up India as a potential oppertunity for studies because of its huge expansion and good connection between two countries.
During the event, ITEC alumnus shared their memorable experiences in learning as well as cutural visits and wishes for friendship between India and Bhutan to last 5000 years and beyond.
The day was also celebrated with the soulful culural performance by the students of Jungshina Primary School felicitating the 50 years of Indo-Bhutan Friendship, colorful Rajastani folk dance by Druk School and modern Bhutanese dance by Motithang MSS Students.
The first 20 slots for Bhutanese was provided in 2000. Over the years, more than 1200 Bhutanese from all walks of life availed technical training under the two schemes of ITEC and Technical Cooperation Scheme(TCS) of Colombo Plan. These training courses are availed by civil servants, corporate employee and scores of Bhutanese working in the private sector to enhance their HR skills leading to career development for them.
The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September 15, 1964 as a bilateral programme od assisatance of the Government of India. The programme was initiated on technical and economic cooperationis essential for mutual benefit. It would also be a concrete manifestation of resolve to contribute to the evolution of world community based on the inter-dependence of all its members in the attainment of their common goal for promoting the social and economic wellbeing of the people.
Under the ITEC, and the Technical Cooperation Scheme of Colombo Plan, more than 161 countries are invited to share India’s developmental experience acquired over six decades of her existence as a free nation.
The ITEC program provides medium long term training slots in upgrading administrative and technical skills of the personnel. Trainess are provided with airfare, tuition fee, accomodation and living allowance by Government of India.
Around 12000 scholarship slots are being offered to ITEC/SCAAP partner countries; there are 54 trainings institutions in India which run more than 300 training courses in diverse subjects ranging from IT, public administration to election management, SME, entrepreneurship, rural development, parliamentary affairs, renewable energy to name a few.
ITEC/TCS CP has cre- ated a large network of alumni across the continents who have become ITEC torch-bearers in their respective countries and in the process, developed a powerful cultural bridge between India and the country concerned. ITEC alumni have carved a niche for themselves, with many of them becoming ministers, senior diplomats, academics, government officials and leading entrepreneurs.
As a result of different activities under ITEC, there is now a visible and growing awareness among other countries about the competence of India as a provider of technical know-how and expertise. Over the years, these programmes have generated immense goodwill for the country.
The event was attended by the government officials, officials of Embassy of India, ITEC alumni, and students.
Chief Guest, Vice Chancellor of Royal University of Bhutan, Nidup Dorji said that the platform enhanced the Bhutanese in human skill development, finding memories and making lot of friends.