Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme popularly known as "ITEC" was launched in 1964 as a bilateral progamme of assistance of the Government of India. Since then, the programme has evolved and now encompasses in its ambit a wide-range of activities which includes imparting training (civilian and defence) in India to nominees from ITEC partner countries, undertaking projects and project related activities such as feasibility studies and consultancy services, deputing Indian experts abroad to assist in developmental activities, conducting study tours of experts from partner countries to important institutions, training centres and other places of interest in India, presenting gifts/donating equipment at the request of ITEC partner countries and providing aid for disaster relief. Under this programme, India today offers over 10,000 scholarships covering 47 training institutions. Over 140 countries and ten multilateral organisations are India’s ITEC partners.
Capacity building is one of the major activities under ITEC programme. Professionals from developing countries are offered wide range of training courses in different centres of excellence in India. The entire expenditure on training under ITEC for category-I countries is borne by Government of India. Government of India bears the cost of air travel and expenditure on tuition fees, accommodation and study tours. Government of India also pays a living allowance (stipend) to the trainees for the duration of the course to meet other expenditure. In addition, a book allowance is paid for purchase of course-related books and other items of stationery.
Besides specific eligibility criteria for each course, following are the general pre-requisites for ITEC training in India:
i) Candidate should be between the age of 25 and 45.
ii) Candidate should possess working knowledge of English for attending English language courses, and for other courses, candidate should possess a good knowledge of English.
iii) Candidate should be of sound health.
iv) Candidate should have 5 years minimum experience.
The candidate should fill up the ITEC application online and submit a printout of the application through the nominating Ministry/Organization to the Embassy.
Estonia and ITEC
Government of India has allotted 10 slots for Estonia for 2016-17 (April 2016 to March 2017). So far 127 Estonians have availed this facility for training under ITEC.
ITEC Programme 2016-2017
List of Training Programme/Courses
ITEC 2016-17 Terms and Conditions
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Contact Person in the Embassy of India
Mrs. Kavita Khanna
Second Secretary (PPS)