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Posted on: February 27, 2019 | Back | Print

Embassy of India
Press Release
Indian Embassy Celebrates Indian Technical &
Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day

Embassy of India, Muscat, celebrated ‘Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation’ (ITEC) Day on Tuesday, 26th February 2019 at its multi-purpose hall.  The function was attended by about 300 participants, which included a large number of ITEC alumni from Oman, comprising officials and professionals from diverse sectors who have participated in various training courses in India under ITEC Programme during previous years.  The function was also attended by many other officials from various Omani authorities/agencies,  looking after training aspects of their employees.

H.E.Sheikh Khalid bin Omar Al Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service, who was the Chief Guest on this occasion, in his address, referred to the historically close trade and cultural relations between India and Oman.  In this regard, he also mentioned that participation of a large number of Omani nationals in various ITEC courses in India over the years had further  strengthened the bonds of friendship between the two countries.

Speaking, on the occasion, H.E. MunuMahawar, Ambassador of India to the Sultanate of Oman, informed that this year, the ITEC Programme had received a  very good response from the Omani participants and to date out of a total of 125 scholarships offered this year to Oman, 115 had already been utilized, which was more than the combined total of utilization in last two years. Ambassador Mahawar thanked Minister of Civil Service and his Ministry as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman for paying special attention to the training aspects of Omanis in various sectors, resulting in this substantial increase. Stating that the Government of India remained a strong partner in Oman’s journey towards economic diversification and its vision to become a knowledge economy, he informed that special customized courses can be organized dedicated for Omani candidates in their areas of interest. 

‘ITEC Day’ celebration is India’s annual endeavor to bring ITEC alumni together so that they can share their experiences and views on India with one another. The ITEC Day provided an opportunity to the ITEC Alumni, who have been trained in India under this Programme, to get-together at the Embassy to interact among themselves and learn from their experiences. A few ITEC Alumni were also invited to speak and they shared their experience of training under the ITEC Programme in India. They spoke about the benefits of ITEC courses not only in providing knowledge and expertise but in giving them an opportunity to interact with trainees from other countries and learn more about India and its culture and traditions.

The Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was launched in September 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India for capacity building of friendly developing countries. It has emerged as a key vehicle for India’s contribution to Human Resource Development of partner countries. Under ITEC Programme, Officials from 161 countries from Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to benefit from India’s developmental experience. Every year India provides around 12,000 scholarships for around 300 short, medium and long-term training courses conducted in 47 state-of-art institutions of learning & excellence under this Programme.  The ITEC Programme covers a diverse range of subjects from traditional areas like agriculture, SMEs, management, English language to IT, Science & Technology, biotechnology, etc. The skills which are being provided under ITEC Programme facilitate human resource development, capacity building, skill upgradation and empowerment.

Muscat, 27th February 2019