Training and capacity building is one of the major activities under ITEC. The professionals and people from developing countries are offered unique training courses, both civilian and defense, in different centers of excellence in India which not only empower them with professional skills, but prepare them for an increasingly globalized world.
a) Civilian Training Programme: it is fully sponsored by the Government of India. There are 47 empanelled institutions conducting 280 short-term, medium-term and long-term courses during the year. The training programme is demand-driven and subjects are of interest to developing countries and their working professionals on a wide range of skills and disciplines. The courses have been divided into seven broad categories for easy identification:
– Accounts, Audit, Banking and Finance Courses
– IT, Telecommunication and English Courses
– Management Courses
– Technical Courses
– SME/Rural Development Courses
– Environment and Renewable Energy Courses
– Specialized Courses
b) Defense Training: This covers training of personnel belonging to all the three wings of Defense, i.e. Army, Air Force and Navy. Courses are taught in prestigious institutions, like the National Defense College, the Defense Services Staff College, and others. The facility is also extended by some selected developed countries on self financing basis. The training field covers Security and Strategic Studies, Defence Management, Marine and Aeronautical Engineering, Logistics and Management, etc.
An encouraging trend of senior level participants has been noticed, which indicates the efficacy of the courses for capacity building, empowerment and upgrading of skills. At the specific request of partner countries, special courses on specific topics are also organized under the ITEC.
India assists ITEC partner countries, on the basis of mutually agreed projects, to establish useful infrastructure facilities with technology and skills appropriate to their resources and needs. Through project assistance, India also demonstrates the skills, technologies and human resource capabilities, which it has acquired in the course of its own development. A number of bilateral projects are undertaken, notably in the fields of archaeological conservation, Information Technology, (IT) and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Feasibility studies and consultancy services, at the request of ITEC partner countries, are also carried out under the Programme. Results of these studies are handed over to the Governments concerned to use in a manner deemed appropriate by them.
Deputation of Indian Experts
Indian experts are deputed to friendly countries on their request to assist in developmental activities. The experts study the problems and suggest solutions without disturbing the local socio-economic and cultural environment. Some of the fields covered in recent years have been creative arts, pest management, military training, IT, audit, medicine, English teaching, telecommunications, agricultural research etc. Indian experiences and expertise in the fields of small and medium scale industries, agriculture and financial management have been found to be particularly relevant to developing countries.
Study tours in India are undertaken at the specific request of ITEC partner countries. Specific areas of interest are identified, and delegates are taken to important institutions, training centers, and places of interest in different parts of India.
Gifts/Donations of Equipment
The Government of India provides gifts/ donations of equipment to ITEC partner countries to assist in their developmental efforts. These gifts/ donations are usually in response to requests of these friendly countries and the commitments made by the political leadership.
Aid for Disaster Relief
Under this Programme, India supplies humanitarian aid, such as food grains, medicines and similar items to countries struck by natural disasters. Cash assistance is also provided.