ITEC day cel­e­brated

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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.

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