Bangladesh is the “foremost and valued partner” of India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), the High Commission in Dhaka said.
The High Commission made the statement while announcing the celebration of the 56th ITEC Day virtually on Wednesday in Dhaka as elsewhere in the world.
Every year the High Commission celebrates the Day in a big way with cultural programmes, short film screening, and experience sharing. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year, the ITEC Day will be celebrated virtually.
Started in 1964, ITEC is a flagship programme of the government of India. Through this development assistance programme, New Delhi offers developing countries the benefit of India’s development experience.
Every year more than 10,000 training slots are offered to more than 160 partner countries for training courses in various areas like accounts, audit, management, SME, rural development, and parliamentary affairs.
Over 4000 young Bangladeshi professionals have undergone short term and medium term courses in India under ITEC programme since 2007.
“These training programmes provide an opportunity to share our best practices with the brightest brains and India equally benefits from the developmental experience of Bangladesh,” the High Commission said.
In the year 2020, certain specialized e-ITEC courses on Covid-19 management strategies were organised for health-care professionals and administrators working in the field in Bangladesh.
An exclusive e-ITEC Bangla course for Covid-19 was organised by AIIMS Bhubaneswar in which over 150 trainees’ participants from all over Bangladesh.
Another online training for Provincial and District level administrative heads on ‘Good Governance Practices in a Pandemic’ was organised by the National Center Good Governance, Mussoorie.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Raipur organised an e-ITEC course for Healthcare professionals in which more than ninety health care professionals from Bangladesh participated.
“Keeping in view the popularity of ITEC in Bangladesh, the High Commission of India is planning to celebrate the ITEC Day in a formal manner after the situation around Covid-19 is normalized,” said a statement.