The Embassy of India in Belgrade celebrated Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day on 11 September 2019. Besides dignitaries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture, NALED and other government officials, a large number of ITEC alumni participated the event.
Under the ITEC Programme, nationals ofriendly countries are imparted training in various fields, on fully funded basis. ITEC Training empowers the scholars with not just professional skills, but also helps in preparing them for an increasingly globalized world.
In his inaugural address at the celebration, Ambassador of India, H.E. Mr. S. Bhattacharjee gave an overview of the ITEC programme which covers over 300 training courses of different duration in premier training institutes of India to over 160 friendly foreign countries since 1964. Ms Tatjana Conic, Head of the Asia, Australia and the Pacific Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, while addressing the alumni, expressed hope that such training cooperation would continue to grow in future also and recalled the recent development in bilateral cooperation between India and Serbia through high-level visits. Four ITEC alumni also shared their experience of visiting India and attending the ITEC training programme.
Serbia is one of the ITEC partner countries and since 2008, 160 Serbian mid-level career professionals have undergone courses on a wide and diverse range of skills and disciplines, including in ICT, Expenditure Management, Entrepreneurship, WTO, Banking & Finance, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Legislative Drafting, Yoga, English proficiency, etc.