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December 13, 2012


Embassy of India in collaboration with Indian Culture Centre organized a Joint Celebration of Maulana Azad Day and ITEC day at Hotel Radisson on December 13, 2012. Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt. of Nepal graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The programme was attended by dignitaries, senior bureaucrats from Government of Nepal and alumni of Indian Educational Institutions. Students of ICC gave an endearing performance on the occasion.

The event marked the 124th Birth Anniversary of the first Education Minister of India and founder of ICCR,Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad. Posthumously awarded with India’s highest civilian award, BharatRatna in 1992, his Birthday is celebrated as National Education Day across India. As India’s Education Minister, Maulana Azad oversaw the establishment of the Indian Institutes of Technology and the foundation of the University Grants Commission, an important institution to supervise and advance the higher education in the nation. It is through the efforts of eminent people like Maulana Azad that India has been a centre for learning with ever growing number of Universities and Colleges. These universities and institutes of higher education and research have made significant contribution to transmission of knowledge in all encompassing fields ranging from Science, Technology, Traditional arts, humanities, etc. These centres have been sharing their expertise with the students of friendly countries like Nepal through ICCR and ITEC.

Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme popularly known as ITEC was launched in 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. Under ITEC and its corollary SCAAP (Special Common Wealth Assistance for Africa Programme), 156 countries in Asia, East Europe, Centre Asia, Africa and Latin America are invited to share in the India development experience acquired over six decades of India’s existence as a free nation.

The first batch of 12 Nepali participants went from Nepal to India in the year 2000. Over the years, the number of seats allocated to Nepal under ITEC programme has increased from 12 in 2000 to 200 in 2012. Candidates from Government of Nepal as well as from private and public sectors have been trained under the ITEC programme in reputed institution in India in the field of computers, engineering, journalism, banking, legislation, power, remote sensing, manpower research, education, empowerment of women, hydrology, law enforcement, business planning and promotion, accounts and finance etc. From the year 2000 till date, more than 650 participants from Nepal have benefited from attending short-term professional course in India. ITEC is about cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit.  It is response-oriented and it addresses that needs of developing countries. India has always been willing to share its skills and experience more appropriate to the geographical and ecological conditions and the stage of technological development of several developing counties. ITEC has five components viz.(i) Training in India of nominees of ITEC partner countries (ii) Projects and projected related activities such as feasibility studies and consultancy service (iii) Deputation of Indian experts abroad (iv) Study Tours (v) Aid for Disaster Relief (ADR) India spends more than I.Rs.500 million annually on ITEC activities. Since 1964, India has provided under the programme of US$2 billion worth of technical assistance to developing countries including neighbouring countries under this programme.

Over the years, India-Nepal cooperation has made major contribution towards human resource development in Nepal.  Govt. of India is extending more than 1800 scholarships annually to Nepalese students in a wide spectrum of course inclusive of medical, agriculture, sciences, law arts, vetenary sciences, pharmacology, computer sciences etc. at various levels of Under Graduate, Post Graduate, Fellowships etc. More than 12,000 candidates have benefited from the scholarships/training provided through Embassy of India since 2005-06.

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