India grants 150 annual ITEC scholarships to Vietnam

(VOV) - The Indian Government has decided to grant 150 scholarships to Vietnamese students under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) as of 2012-2013.

Indian ambassador Preeti Saran made the announcement at an ITEC Festive Day in Hanoi on January 10 which attracted nearly 200 Vietnamese ITEC alumni.

She said ITEC marks technical cooperation efforts between India and Vietnam, testifying to their long-lasting relationship.  

ITEC, a bilateral assistance programme funded by the Indian government, was designed to address the needs of developing countries through innovative technological cooperation between India and the partner nation.

Nearly 160 countries in Asia, East Europe, Central Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean and other small Pacific nations have benefitted from the programme.

ITEC scholarship recipients are trained in English language, information technology, media, telecommunications, management, rural development, energy, water resource management, and labour management.

During a recent Vietnam visit, the Indian PM decided to double the number ITEC scholarships for Vietnamese students from 75 to 150, starting from the 2012-13 academic year.