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India-Azerbaijan Technical and Economic Cooperation Day (ITEC) held in Baku

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India Azerbaijan Technical Economic Cooperation Day held in Baku

“The India- Azerbaijan Technical Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme creates bridges between the people of two countries”, said the participants at an event to mark the ITEC Day organized by the Embassy of India in Baku on 15 December 2017. The event was attended by several Azerbaijani government officials, professionals and businessmen who have participated in the scholarships and training courses in India under the ITEC programme.


Speaking on the occassion, Ambassador of India Sanjay Rana informed that under the ITEC programme, Government of India has been sharing its developmental experience and expertise in various fields with partner countries like Azerbaijan for the last 40 years. The cooperation under ITEC programmes has three components namely, delivering technical assistance, technology transfer and training or capacity building. The training courses are on a wide variety of subjects, including but not limited to, Agriculture, Food Banking, Finance, Accounts And Audit, Education, IT, Engineering And Technology, English Language, Environment And Climate Change, Human Resource Development and Planning, Irrigation And Water Resources, Journalism, Management And Leadership, Power, Renewable & Alternate Energy, Project Management, Quality Management, Small and medium enterprises and Entrepreneurship, Information technology and Telecommunication, and Urban Planning.


It was informed that under ITEC, the Government of India provides fully funded scholarship at top-class institutions in India in the courses offered. The scholarship covers international travel, course fees, accommodation, books, medical expenses in India and sundry expenses. There are currently more than 50 empanelled institutions conducting around 300 courses every year and around 10, 000 students come from over 160 countries to India to participate in these courses. There are 20 slots per year for participants from Azerbaijan under the ITEC programme.  Since 2004, more than 100 Azeri candidates have completed different courses in India under the ITEC programme. 

Ambassador Rana mentioned that India and Azerbaijan enjoy close and friendly relations and have an active cooperation between them in many areas including political, commercial and investment, educational and cultural. Recently, the Minister of State for External Affairs of India M.J. Akbar visited Azerbaijan and met with Hon’ble President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and discussed issues of cooperation in a variety of fields including trade and investment,  transportation, energy, chemicals and fertilizer, agriculture, science & technology, information and communication Technology (ICT), health care and pharmaceuticals, education and culture. Both India and Azerbaijan are committed to develop a strong, vibrant and mutually beneficial partnership with each-other.