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The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was initiated in 1964 with the aim of “sharing the Indian developmental experience and expertise acquired in its own quest for growth as a proud Independent nation” with other developing nations.
Full Diplomatic relations between India and Vietnam were established on January 7, 1972. The first Vietnamese candidates under the ITEC programme went to India in the seventies. Over the years, hundreds of ITEC scholarships have been handed out to Vietnamese scholars.
Currently, there are 150 ITEC scholarships available for Vietnamese students (50 administered by the Consulate), which cover a diverse spectrum of courses from IT to rural development, parliamentary practices to entrepreneurship, and marine biology to aeronautical engineering.
Consul General of India Smita Pant addressed the gathering and highlighted India's commitment to an overall development partnership with Vietnam.
She said that India’s commitments under the ITEC programme, which is fully funded by the Government of India providing return air-fares, boarding, and monthly allowance, have contributed to capacity development in areas including information technology, financial management, English proficiency, remote-sensing, rural development, environment, and renewable energy.
“In light of our strong commitment, bilateral relationship between the two countries will continue to flourish in all times to come,” she noted.