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Training

Training and capacity building is one of the major activities under ITEC. The professionals and people from developing countries are offered unique training courses, both civilian and defense, in different centers of excellence in India which not only empower them with professional skills, but prepare them for an increasingly globalized world.

a) Civilian Training Programme: it is fully sponsored by the Government of India. There are 47 empanelled institutions conducting 280 short-term, medium-term and long-term courses during the year. The training programme is demand-driven and subjects are of interest to developing countries and their working professionals on a wide range of skills and disciplines. The courses have been divided into seven broad categories for easy identification:
– Accounts, Audit, Banking and Finance Courses
– IT, Telecommunication and English Courses
– Management Courses
– Technical Courses
– SME/Rural Development Courses
– Environment and Renewable Energy Courses
– Specialized Courses

ITEC Civilian Training Programme 2016-2017

b) Defense Training: This covers training of personnel belonging to all the three wings of Defense, i.e. Army, Air Force and Navy. Courses are taught in prestigious institutions, like the National Defense College, the Defense Services Staff College, and others. The facility is also extended by some selected developed countries on self financing basis. The training field covers Security and Strategic Studies, Defence Management, Marine and Aeronautical Engineering, Logistics and Management, etc.

An encouraging trend of senior level participants has been noticed, which indicates the efficacy of the courses for capacity building, empowerment and upgrading of skills. At the specific request of partner countries, special courses on specific topics are also organized under the ITEC.

Training Brochure 2017-2018

Project-related Cooperation

India assists ITEC partner countries, on the basis of mutually agreed projects, to establish useful infrastructure facilities with technology and skills appropriate to their resources and needs. Through project assistance, India also demonstrates the skills, technologies and human resource capabilities, which it has acquired in the course of its own development. A number of bilateral projects are undertaken, notably in the fields of archaeological conservation, Information Technology, (IT) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Feasibility studies and consultancy services, at the request of ITEC partner countries, are also carried out under the Programme. Results of these studies are handed over to the Governments concerned to use in a manner deemed appropriate by them.

Deputation of Indian Experts

Indian experts are deputed to friendly countries on their request to assist in developmental activities. The experts study the problems and suggest solutions without disturbing the local socio-economic and cultural environment. Some of the fields covered in recent years have been creative arts, pest management, military training, IT, audit, medicine, English teaching, telecommunications, agricultural research etc. Indian experiences and expertise in the fields of small and medium scale industries, agriculture and financial management have been found to be particularly relevant to developing countries.

Study Tours

Study tours in India are undertaken at the specific request of ITEC partner countries. Specific areas of interest are identified, and delegates are taken to important institutions, training centers, and places of interest in different parts of India.

Gifts/Donations of Equipment

The Government of India provides gifts/ donations of equipment to ITEC partner countries to assist in their developmental efforts. These gifts/ donations are usually in response to requests of these friendly countries and the commitments made by the political leadership.

Aid for Disaster Relief

Under this Programme, India supplies humanitarian aid, such as food grains, medicines and similar items to countries struck by natural disasters. Cash assistance is also provided.


History 

The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted on the 15th of September, 1964, as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. The ITEC Programme, born out of the vision of our first Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, was formally launched under the premiership of Lal Bahadur Shastri.

The decision regarding setting up the ITEC programme was predicated on the belief that “it was necessary to establish relations of mutual concern and inter-dependence based not only on commonly held ideals and aspirations, but also on solid economic foundations. Technical and economic cooperation was considered to be one of the essential functions of an integrated and imaginative foreign policy.

The ITEC Programme is essentially bilateral in nature. However, in recent years, ITEC resources have also been used for cooperation programmes conceived in regional and inter-regional contexts, such as the Economic Commission for Africa, the Industrial Development Unit of Commonwealth Secretariat, UNIDO, the Group of 77 and the G-15. In more recent years, its activities have also been associated with regional and multilateral organizations, like the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC), the African Union (AU), the Afro-Asian Rural Development Organization (AARDO), the Pan African Parliament, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Indian Ocean Rim – Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC) and India-Africa Forum Summit.

The ITEC Programme, fully funded by the Government of India, has evolved and grown over the years. Under ITEC and its sister programme SCAAP (Special Commonwealth African Assistance Programme), 161 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian developmental experience acquired over six decades of India’s existence as a free nation. As a result of different activities under this programme, there is now a visible and growing awareness among other countries about the competence of India as a provider of technical know-how and expertise as well as training opportunities, consultancy services and feasibility studies. These programmes have generated immense goodwill and substantive cooperation among the developing countries.

ITEC is the flagship programme of the Indian Government’s capacity building effort, not only because of its magnitude and wide geographical coverage but also for innovative forms of technical cooperation. The Development Partnership Administration (DPA) in the Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal division for handling all capacity building programmes.

The ITEC programme, along with SCAAP and TCS of Colombo Plan, is a visible symbol of India’s role and contribution to South-South cooperation. South-South Cooperation is a partnership born out of a shared sense of solidarity and is entirely voluntary and free of conditionalities. It furthers national development priorities of our partners and has national ownership at its centre. India remains a staunch proponent and practitioner of South-South Cooperation which constitutes a fundamental pillar of India’s foreign policy and diplomacy.

Since its inception in 1964, India has trained thousands of trainees in ITEC/SCAAP partner countries. To commemorate the Programme, September 15 has been designated as ITEC Day. Indian Missions in ITEC partner countries generally host a reception to celebrate the event during the course of the year as convenient. All ITEC alumni are invited along with Ministers and other high dignitaries of that country dealing with the ITEC programme. The alumni share their experiences about the training programme as well as their stay in India, which also serves as a meeting point for ITEC participants in building alumni networks and providing feedback. In many countries, ITEC alumni have formed ITEC friendship societies.


How to Apply

Who can apply

Officials in Government, Public and Private Sectors, Universities, Chambers of Commerce and Industry etc.. Candidates should have adequate work experience. Female participants are advised to abstain from joining training Courses if they are pregnant prior to their departure for India.

Eligibility criteria

  1. Academic qualifications as laid down by the Institute for the course concerned.
  2. Working knowledge of English is required to follow the course.
  3. Age between 25 to 45 years.
  4. Medically fit to undertake the training.

Procedure

  1. Applicants are required to submit the prescribed ITEC/SCAAP form to the designated Government Department in the candidate’s country. The form is available here. Candidates are required to fill in the Application Form carefully and not leave any column incomplete/blank or furnish incorrect information.  The undertaking by the candidate and the certification from employer (Part-II of the Application Form) are mandatory.
  2. The designated Department is required to forward the application to the Embassy of India. Applications should reach the Embassy of India at least 3 months before the commencement of the course.
  3. Decision regarding acceptance of applications/nominations rests solely with the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India.
  4. Upon selection, the Embassy of India will inform the nodal/designated Department of the nominating country and the candidate.
  5. Participants are required to obtain the contact number of the course coordinator and the Institute from the Indian Embassy. Selected candidates are required to familiarize themselves fully with the living conditions in India and about the Institute through the Institute’s website. They must familiarize themselves with the weather conditions and the type of clothes to be carried to India
*For any further information/clarification, applicants are requested to contact the Embassy of India.


Terms & Conditions

ITEC Terms and Conditions

Participants will be provided with the  following allowances and facilities:

  • Excursion/economy class air tickets for travel from the capital city of the participant’s country to the training Institute in India and back;
  • Gratis Indian Visa for the duration of the Course;
  • Course fees – borne by Government of India;
  • Accommodation provided by Government of India in hostel/hotel, depending on the Institute. Participants are required to pay for services availed by them such as (a) Room service, (b) Laundry, (c) Local and outstation telephone calls, fax, etc.;
  • Living Allowance @ Rs. 25,000/- per month and on pro-rata basis for part thereof to meet expenditure on food, out-of-pocket expenses, etc. The allowance is calculated from the date of arrival till the date of departure;
  • Disbursement of the Living Allowance will be made by the Institute on a weekly/fortnightly basis (as decided by the Institute); the participants are supposed to pay for their meal out of this allowanceIn case the Institute makes arrangement for the food, a portion of the allowance will be deducted by the Institute in advance and rest will be paid to the participants.  Participants may wish to bring some extra money for shopping  and other dietary needs;
  • Book Allowance of Rs. 5000/- for purchase of course-related books and purchase receipts need to be submitted for reimbursement;
  • Study Tour(s) as part of the Course Curriculum to familiarize with Indian culture and history (which is mandatory);
  • Medical facility is for ailments of immediate and    emergency nature occurring in India.  No medical     reimbursement allowed for ailments of chronic nature.  Participants must carry their own medicine for regular    and  chronic ailments like diabetes, hypertension, etc.   For regular/chronic ailments, all consultation        charges of doctor/medicines etc. would be borne by the participants.
  • If any special assistance is required by a participant during his/her stay in India, that should be intimated to Mission as well as to the concerned Institute prior to departure for India. It is advised that participant may check with the Institute about the availability of facility required by him/her.

Guidelines

  • Participants are required to obtain from the Indian Mission the contact telephone/mobile numbers of the Course Coordinator and the Institute. They must familiarize themselves with the weather conditions and the type of clothes to be carried to India.
  • Participants are required to conduct themselves with discipline and abide by rules, regulations and guidelines as stipulated by both the nominating Government and the Government of India.
  • Participants are required to complete the training Course. Request for change of Course midway is not entertained.
  • Participants are required to abide by the rules of the university/institution/establishment in which the participant is selected to undergo the training as well as participate in all Course-related activities including submission of periodic assessments/tests conducted by the Institute.
  • Participants are to refrain from engaging in any political activity and/or any form of employment for profit or gain.
  • Participants are not allowed to bring along their spouses or families for the duration of the Course. No such request would be entertained by Government of India.
  • Participants are required to return to their countries upon completion of the training Course.
  • Participants who leave the Course midway without prior intimation/permission of the Ministry of External Affairs or remain absent from the Course without sufficient reasons are required to refund the cost of training and airfare to Government of India.
  • Participants are taken on study tour(s) as part of their Course Curriculum to visit different heritage sites/places of interest in India. No requests for any additional private tourism, etc. will be entertained during the Course.
  • ITEC sponsorship could be cancelled at any time due to unsatisfactory conduct, breach of conditions of the Programme, violation of rules of the institute/university/establishment, failure to make satisfactory progress in the training Course or for other sufficient cause as determined by the Government of India.
  • Female participants are advised to abstain from joining training Courses if they are in family way prior to their departure for India.
  • Participants must ensure that there is no family or official commitments during the training programme. Request for leave during the course may not be acceded to by the Government of India.

    What is Provided

    ITEC Terms and Conditions

    Participants will be provided with the  following allowances and facilities:

    • Excursion/economy class air tickets for travel from the capital city of the participant’s country to the training Institute in India and back;
    • Gratis Indian Visa for the duration of the Course;
    • Course fees – borne by Government of India;
    • Accommodation provided by Government of India in hostel/hotel, depending on the Institute. Participants are required to pay for services availed by them such as (a) Room service, (b) Laundry, (c) Local and outstation telephone calls, fax, etc.;
    • Living Allowance @ Rs. 25,000/- per month and on pro-rata basis for part thereof to meet expenditure on food, out-of-pocket expenses, etc. The allowance is calculated from the date of arrival till the date of departure;
    • Disbursement of the Living Allowance will be made by the Institute on a weekly/fortnightly basis (as decided by the Institute); the participants are supposed to pay for their meal out of this allowanceIn case the Institute makes arrangement for the food, a portion of the allowance will be deducted by the Institute in advance and rest will be paid to the participants.  Participants may wish to bring some extra money for shopping  and other dietary needs;
    • Book Allowance of Rs. 5000/- for purchase of course-related books and purchase receipts need to be submitted for reimbursement;
    • Study Tour(s) as part of the Course Curriculum to familiarize with Indian culture and history (which is mandatory);
    • Medical facility is for ailments of immediate and    emergency nature occurring in India.  No medical     reimbursement allowed for ailments of chronic nature.  Participants must carry their own medicine for regular    and  chronic ailments like diabetes, hypertension, etc.   For regular/chronic ailments, all consultation        charges of doctor/medicines etc. would be borne by the participants.
    • If any special assistance is required by a participant during his/her stay in India, that should be intimated to Mission as well as to the concerned Institute prior to departure for India. It is advised that participant may check with the Institute about the availability of facility required by him/her.

    Guidelines

    • Participants are required to obtain from the Indian Mission the contact telephone/mobile numbers of the Course Coordinator and the Institute. They must familiarize themselves with the weather conditions and the type of clothes to be carried to India.
    • Participants are required to conduct themselves with discipline and abide by rules, regulations and guidelines as stipulated by both the nominating Government and the Government of India.
    • Participants are required to complete the training Course. Request for change of Course midway is not entertained.
    • Participants are required to abide by the rules of the university/institution/establishment in which the participant is selected to undergo the training as well as participate in all Course-related activities including submission of periodic assessments/tests conducted by the Institute.
    • Participants are to refrain from engaging in any political activity and/or any form of employment for profit or gain.
    • Participants are not allowed to bring along their spouses or families for the duration of the Course. No such request would be entertained by Government of India.
    • Participants are required to return to their countries upon completion of the training Course.
    • Participants who leave the Course midway without prior intimation/permission of the Ministry of External Affairs or remain absent from the Course without sufficient reasons are required to refund the cost of training and airfare to Government of India.
    • Participants are taken on study tour(s) as part of their Course Curriculum to visit different heritage sites/places of interest in India. No requests for any additional private tourism, etc. will be entertained during the Course.
    • ITEC sponsorship could be cancelled at any time due to unsatisfactory conduct, breach of conditions of the Programme, violation of rules of the institute/university/establishment, failure to make satisfactory progress in the training Course or for other sufficient cause as determined by the Government of India.
    • Female participants are advised to abstain from joining training Courses if they are in family way prior to their departure for India.
    • Participants must ensure that there is no family or official commitments during the training programme. Request for leave during the course may not be acceded to by the Government of India.