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PRESS RELEASE: Indian Technical & Economic Co-operation (ITEC) Day and Maulana Azad Day

December 26, 2013


Embassy of India in collaboration with Indian Culture Centre organized a Joint Celebration of Indian Technical & Economic Co-operation (ITEC) Day and Maulana Azad Day at Hotel Radisson on December 26, 2013. Rt. Hon’ble Vice President of Nepal Shri Parmanand Jha was the Chief Guest. H.E. Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal also graced the occasion. The programme was attended by dignitaries, senior bureaucrats from Government of Nepal, alumni of Indian educational institutions, media & prominent Nepali & Indian citizens. Students of ICC gave an endearing cultural performance on the occasion.

The event marked the 125th Birth Anniversary of the first Education Minister of Independent India and founder of ICCR, Maulana Abdul Kalam Azad. He was posthumously awarded with India’s highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna 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 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 fields ranging from Science, Technology, Traditional arts, humanities, etc. These centers have been sharing their expertise with the students of friendly countries like Nepal through ICCR and ITEC programmes.

Indian Technical and Economic Co-operation 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, Central Asia, Africa and Latin America are invited to share in the Indian developmental experience acquired over six decades of India’s existence as a free nation.

The first batch of 12 Nepali ITEC participants went 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 150 in 2013. Candidates from Government of Nepal  as well as from private and public sectors have been trained under ITEC programme in reputed  institutions 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 800 participants from Nepal have benefited from attending mid-career short-term professional training courses in India. ITEC is about co-operation and partnership for mutual benefit. It is response-oriented and it addresses the needs of developing countries. India has always been willing to share its skills and experience more appropriate to the geographical and developmental conditions and the stage of technological progress of developing countries. ITEC has five components viz (i) Training in India of nominees of ITEC  partner countries (ii) Projects and project 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 US$ 2 billion worth of technical assistance to developing countries including neighboring countries under this programme.

Over the years, India-Nepal co-operation has made major contribution towards human resource development in Nepal. Govt. of India is extending more than 1900 scholarships annually to Nepalese students in a wide spectrum of courses inclusive of medical, agriculture, science, law, arts, veterinary sciences, pharmacology, computer science etc. at various levels of under graduate, post graduate etc. More than 15,500 candidates have been benefited from the scholarships /training provided thorough Embassy of India since 2005-06.

No: KAT/P&I/83/2013

Date- 26.12.2013

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