Embassy of India in collaboration with Indian Culture Centre organised a joint celebration of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day and Maulana Azad Day at Hotel Radisson on November 17. Education Secretary Madhu Prasad Regmi was Chief Guest at the event. The programme was attended by dignitaries, senior bureaucrats from Government of Nepal, ITEC alumni of Indian educational institutions, media and prominent Nepali and Indian citizens.
Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation was launched in 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. The first batch of 12 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 250 in 2016. 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. Till date, 1250 participants from Nepal have benefited from attending mid-career short-term professional training courses in India.