Information, Analytical Agency
51st anniversary of India's ITEC Day celebrated in Yerevan
A few days ago a gathering was organized in Yerevan to mark the 51st anniversary of India's government program - ITEC (Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation). Participants of the program from different years were invited to gathering. Ambassador Dr. Suresh Babu mentioned in his welcoming speech that during 15 years more than 200 professionals from Armenia were trained in India under this programme. They were mostly courses in audit, information technology, telecommunications, rural development, English language, pharmaceuticals, environment and renewable energy sources, etc. Armenia was granted 40 slots last year whereas this year it was 25, but applications this year were more than the available slots. "We will try to have all the seats utilized."
The Deputy Minister of Economy, Head of Asia Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other representatives in the Government who were also trained in India under this programme made congratulatory speeches. It was followed by speeches by other ITEC alumni who mentioned that these courses have helped them in the professional sphere, while Indian atmosphere helped them in dealing with individual, mental and spiritual problems.
Afterwards there was a cultural programme of Indian and Armenian dances with participation by Armenian and Indian girls.
It may be recalled that the ITEC program was launched by the Government of India on September 15, 1964 for cooperation and technical assistance. According to this program and related programs - SCAAP (Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme), representatives of 161 countries from Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe (including the former USSR), Latin America, the Caribbean, the Pacific Islands, and small island states are invited to receive training that is based on India's development experience gained in various fields over sixty years.
It offers training on various subjects: accounting, auditing, banking and finance, management, working on the computer, advanced courses of computer technology, information technology, telecommunications, labor issues, business development, development of small and medium-sized enterprises, rural development, English language , mass communications, education planners and management, design tools, pharmaceuticals, education and research, textile business, the environment and renewable energy sources, etc.
The program is fully funded by the Government of India.