The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation program was instituted by the government of India on 15 September 1964 in a bid to build and strengthen relationship with other countries on the basis of partnership and cooperation for mutual benefit.
Under the program, Bhutanese students, civil servants, corporate employees and others avail various training courses in reputed institutes in India. Consequently, more than 300 of Bhutanese travel every year to India for trainings in various areas.
The program offers trainings in areas such as Information Technology, Public Administration, Election management, Small and Medium Entrepreneurship, Rural Development, Parliamentary affairs, Renewable energy among many others. These courses are offered by more than 54 reputed training institutes across India.
The ITEC day in Thimphu is celebrated every year. It provides a platform for Bhutanese ITEC alumni to come together and share their experiences gained while studying in India.
Such programs initiated by the government of India have contributed to enhanced cooperation and mutual benefits for the two countries.
Since 2012, more than 1,200 Bhutanese have attended various ITEC training courses in India.
The ITEC day this year was also celebrated in the Indian embassy with a cultural program and dinner at the embassy.