The ITEC Programme, one of the earliest flagship schemes of the Government of India, was started way back in 1964 by the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India. It is a fully funded programme intended for capacity building & skill development of officials of fellow developing countries all over the globe. The duration of the ITEC courses range from a few weeks to 2 years.
In 2015-16, over 10,000 ITEC slots were offered to 161 partner countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, several Pacific and the Caribbean countries. In the last few years, 100 slots have been allotted for Kenya. For the current year (2016-17), the slots have been increased to 120. Due to efforts of the High Commission of India, nominations have been received, for the first time, from County Governments like Nairobi, Isiolo, Makueni, Kilifi, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia etc. In the past 50 odd years, hundreds of Kenyan nationals have undergone training in India in diverse fields. In addition, ITEC Day also celebrates all those who have studied in India. Government of India offers 56 university level scholarships for Kenyan students in top Indian universities for undergraduate, post graduate and Ph.D courses. These scholarships are coordinated by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). In addition, many students go to India to study in Indian universities on a self-financing basis.
H.E. Dr. Fred Matiang’i lauded India’s developmental assistance to Kenya including in the field of skill development and capacity building.
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Nairobi, 29th September, 2016