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ITEC Day celebrated by Indian Consulate in H’tota

The Consulate General of India Hambantota, organized ITEC Day 2019 on October 15 in Galle. Consul General, Prem K. Nair, hosted a reception at the Jetwing Hotel for the ITEC alumni from the Southern Province and Moneragala District, who had availed ITEC training in India after the establishment of the Consulate in 2011. Hemal Gunasekara, Governor, Southern Province, Senior Officials and 70 ITEC alumni attended the function. Alumni reminisced about their pleasant experience of training in India, how it helped them grow professionally and network with new friends of different nationalities. The event provided an opportunity to meet, interact, share and relive their experience in India.

Nearly 157 officials from the Districts of Galle, Matara, Hambantota and Moneragala, have trained in India under ITEC since the inception of the Indian Consulate in Hambantota -104 of these have happened in the last 3 years alone. The training courses availed, were in diverse disciplines such as rural development, employment generation, sustainable development, women empowerment, library management, SME/MSMEs, English, IT, Governance, Management, etc. The Consulate renders all possible assistance to sustain this growing interest.

The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program was launched on September 15, 1964, as a bilateral program of assistance of the Government of India and the day was celebrated as the ITEC Day each year. ITEC has been a vehicle to share India’s vast and unique experience of growth and development through capacity building and training of more than 200,000 government officials and professionals from 160 partner countries of the Global South in premier institutes of India. Over 12,000 slots are offered to the partner countries in a vast range of courses, covering fields as diverse as English, IT, Telecommunications, Rural development, Instrumentation, remote sensing, tool design, audit, accounts, finance & accountancy, banking, renewable energy, crime investigation, rural development, management, etc.

The ITEC capacity building programs continue to be one of India’s most successful development assistance programs abroad.

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