India to share knowhow with delegates from 160 countries
Times Professional Learning Classes At Bennett Univ
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