MINSK, 23 January (BelTA) – Over 330 Belarusian specialists have been trained in India as part of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, BelTA learned from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus Sangeeta Bahadur at a press conference.
According to the ambassador, the Indian program is popular among Belarusians. India grants about 15 scholarships to Belarusians every year.
The diplomat said: “Fifteen free spots have already been used by the Belarusian side this year because there are many of those willing to learn. We would like to request the government to up the quota to at least 20.”
The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program of the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was initiated on 15 September 1964 to render assistance to other countries on a bilateral basis.
As part of the ITEC program people from 156 countries are invited to go through additional training courses in various Indian educational institutions.
Representatives of government agencies, state-run and private organizations and enterprises, higher education institutions, and chambers of commerce and industry are invited to participate in the program.
Since 1993 the Indian government has been providing grants for Belarusians to accept internship in India in various areas, including language training, management, parliamentarism, banking business, education, some technical and economic sciences.