50th Anniversary Celebrations of Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) in Cairo

The 50th Anniversary of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme was celebrated in Cairo on 30 October 2014 at India House. The function was attended by a large number of Egyptian officials and nationals who have been trained in various courses organized under the ITEC programme in India.   Speaking at the event, Ambassador Navdeep Suri emphasized that the ITEC was launched in 1964 as a programme of cooperation and partnership by India to address the needs of friendly developing countries in the field of human resource development. He said that the ITEC catered to three A’s: affordability, adaptability and appropriateness – and hence had an immediate connect with countries such as Egypt. Ms. Samia Hassan Kamal, Supervisor of the Asian Cooperation Sector, Ministry of International Cooperation, speaking for the Minister thanked the Embassy for their cooperation in building linkages, and noted that India’s capacity building courses had greatly benefited Egyptian officials. Furthermore, a programme such as ITEC promotes diversity and builds South-South cooperation. Eng. Hussein El Gueretly, Chairman of ITIDA, as well as Senior Officials from the Foreign Ministry were also present at the event.

In the last few years, more than 500 Egyptians had gone to India for training in a variety of different. A number of ITEC alumnae, as well as a CV Raman scholar spoke warmly about their experiences, and how they will always maintain the friendships they built. These included Mr. Osama Abu Sinna, Inspector, Egypt Post; Ms. Hanan Mohamed El Nagdy, OSH Specialist, General Department of Occupation of Safety and Health, Ministry of Manpower & immigration, Dr. Saber Mohamed Abdalla, Associate Professor, Theriogenology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Beni Suef University and Ms. Doaa Sayed Tawfik, Public Relation Specialist, Luxor Governorate. A short animation film titled “India: The Spirit of Freedom” and another film on the ITEC at 50 were screened.

The ITEC Programme is an important component of India’s economic relations with Egypt.  The scheme offers training in over 250 courses in prestigious educational, technical and vocational institutes in India in a variety of fields ranging from information technology to management, vocational training, banking, finance, English language and so on. Encouraged by the considerable interest in Egypt in the programme, the Government of India has decided to offer around 100 ITEC slots to Egyptian officials and nationals on a yearly basis. In addition, Egyptian scholars who have travelled to India on the CV Raman Fellowship as well as the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarships also attended the event. These scholarships are offered for graduate, post graduate, and doctoral studies in both the sciences and the arts.


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