The Embassy of India in Juba celebrated the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day on 31.3.2012. H.E. Kwong Danhier Gatluk, Acting Minister of Labor, Public Service and Human Resource Development of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan was the Guest of Honor at the function which was attended by more than forty dignitaries and ITEC scholars who received training in India.
The ITEC programme was launched by the Government of India on 15th September 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance which is administered by the Ministry of External Affairs. As part of the programme, nominees from developing countries are invited to share the Indian Development experience acquired since India's independence in 1947.
ITEC is about cooperation and partnership for benefit and, at present, training programmes are organized for candidates from about 161 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Central and Latin America. These training courses are fully sponsored by the Government of India which includes return international airfare, course fee, book allowance, stipend and accommodation.
Last year, India welcomed over 6,500 participants from partner countries, including South Sudan; to attend over 270 training courses that covered a diverse range of subjects in 47 select institutions of India which are 'centers of excellence'. Keeping in view the current requirements in the developing world, new areas such as mining, postal and new renewable energy sources have been included to form part of the training courses.
So far, over 150 South Sudanese have attended training courses in India in various disciplines like computer applications, networking design, telecom and postal services, small industry, rural development, human resources development, industrial pollution control, agriculture, Journalism, Labor administration, financial management audit and diplomacy. Last year, 53 South Sudanese scholars received training in India. Government of India has decided to offer 90 ITEC scholarships from the current year. The number of ITEC trainees from South Sudan, this year, is expected to rise substantially.