The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was started in 1964 as a programme of assistance to developing countries. Given India’s substantial industrial and technological development, the ITEC Programme is an earnest attempt to share the fruits of its socio-economic and technological achievements with other developing countries.
The ITEC training programme is fully sponsored by the Government of India which includes retrun international airfare, course fee, book allowance, accommodation, study tour and a monthly stipend.
The ITEC programme helps partner countries in building up skilled manpower, augmenting financial resources and transfer of technology. The programme includes training courses, consultancy services and feasibility studies, study tours, donation of technical equipment and aid for disaster relief. Some of the major courses are as below:
- English Language
- Government Courses
- IT and Telecommunication
- SME/Rural Development
- Specialized Courses
- Technical Courses
- Environment and Renewable Energy Courses
Around 6000 ITEC slots are utilized annually by partner countries. Training is imparted in 47 prestigious Indian institutions. These Institutes conduct over 270 short-term, medium-term and long-term courses every year. Vietnam is one of the most active ITEC partners. 150 ITEC scholarships slots are offered annually to Vietnam.
ITEC is the flagship programme of the Indian Government’s technical cooperation effort, not only because of its magnitude and wide geographical coverage but also for innovative forms of technical cooperation in which it has assisted. It is about cooperation and partnership for mutual benefit. It is response-oriented and addresses the needs of developing countries. Thus, the ITEC Programme constitutes an integral part of India’s South-South Cooperation effort which has been a traditional pillar of the country’s foreign policy and diplomacy. All information about the ITEC programme and courses is available on the website http://www.itec.mea.gov.in.