In­dia to share knowhow with del­e­gates from 160 coun­tries

Times Pro­fes­sional Learn­ing Classes At Ben­nett Univ

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New Delhi: In­dia is all set to share its tech­ni­cal knowhow with a batch of in­ter­na­tional del­e­gates from across 160 coun­tries un­der the In­dian Tech­ni­cal and Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion pro­gramme. Run by the min­istry of ex­ter­nal af­fairs, the pro­gramme has got big­ger this year with new part­ner in­sti­tu­tions and the ad­di­tion of new cour­ses like ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence, nan­otech­nol­ogy, pe­tro­leum and foren­sic sci­ence, to be of­fered by top-notch in­sti­tu­tions in­clud­ing IITKan­pur, IIT-Delhi, IIM Ahmed­abad, among oth­ers.

The new part­ner in­sti­tu­tions in­clude Times Pro­fes­sional Learn­ing, which will deliver its pro­grammes on the Ben­nett Univer­sity cam­pus. It will of­fer a to­tal of 20 cour­ses in the do­main of ba­sic IT and man­age­ment. Each course will have a max­i­mum of 30 stu­dents.

Cel­e­brat­ing the 55th ITEC day on Oc­to­ber 7, ex­ter­nal af­fairs min­is­ter S Jais­hankar will launch new mo­dal­i­ties like e-ITEC and ITEC-on­site. He will also launch ITEC ex­ec­u­tive, a pro­gramme spe­cially for se­nior level of­fi­cers of part­ner coun­tries for pol­icy level en­gage­ment.

ITEC was in­sti­tuted in 1964

In­dia’s re­la­tions with its part­ner coun­tries are based on prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, re­spect for ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, unity and na­tional sovereignt­y


as the flag­ship pro­gramme for GoI’s ca­pac­ity build­ing ef­forts in friendly for­eign coun­tries. Fo­cused on hu­man re­source de­vel­op­ment, the pro­gramme serves as a key tool for In­dia’s soft power diplo­macy and is now recog­nised as a strong brand name in the field of ca­pac­ity build­ing as­sis­tance.

The pro­gramme has grown from about 4,000 train­ing slots in 2006-07 to about 11,000 slots in 2019-20 with the bud­get al­lo­cated for the scheme grow­ing from Rs 60 crore in 2006-07 to Rs 200 crore in 2018-19. Ac­cord­ing to MEA sources, the bud­get es­ti­mate for 2019-20 will be around Rs 250 crore.

Devyani Khobragade, joint sec­re­tary, de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship ad­min­is­tra­tionII, MEA, told TOI: “In­dia’s re­la­tions with its part­ner coun­tries are based on prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, re­spect for ter­ri­to­rial in­tegrity, unity and na­tional sovereignt­y. We do not want the free­dom of ac­tion of our part­ners to be jeop­ar­dised in any man­ner through our well-mean­ing di­a­logue, in­ter­ac­tion or eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion with them. These foun­da­tional prin­ci­ples have guided our poli­cies and pro­grammes for South-South Co­op­er­a­tion.

“In­dia does not look at de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion through the donor re­cip­i­ent re­la­tion­ship but looks upon it as a part­ner­ship. There­fore, In­dia aligns its de­vel­op­ment co­op­er­a­tion and pri­or­i­ties set by its part­ner coun­tries them­selves,” she added. The ITEC pro­gramme has been com­pletely re­vamped this year by the gov­ern­ment with spe­cial cour­ses which are cus­tomised for the spe­cific ar­eas of train­ing on the re­quest of the re­spec­tive for­eign gov­ern­ment.

Apart from the train­ing cour­ses in In­dia, the pro­gramme also cov­ers dep­u­ta­tion of In­dian ex­perts abroad and study tours.

Joint sec­re­tary, de­vel­op­ment part­ner­ship ad­min­is­tra­tion-II, MEA

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