KATHMANDU, June 9: The daily grinds of one’s profession can be quite taxing. One of the demands our professions make of us is to keep ourselves updated with the constant developments in our field.
However, finances, requirement of a year-long absence from work may come in the way of fulfilling our desire to learn on the job.
Keeping this in mind, the Government of India initiated the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program on September 15, 1964 to provide comprehensive and integrated training to employees and officials in the government, private and public sectors, universities, Chambers of Commerce and Industry etc from Nepal.
ITEC, a bilateral program between Nepal and India, is currently open for applications for ITEC 2012-2013 in fields ranging from Information Technology to Language Training, Library Science, Mass Communication, Engineering, Banking, Legislation, Remote Sensing, Manpower Research, Women Empowerment, among many other disciplines.
This is an all-expense-paid scholarship which also includes accommodation and a stipend which is administered by the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu and comprises different components such as training, projects and project-related activities such as feasibility studies and consultancy services and study tours.
“ITEC 2012-2013 has been categorized into two types in terms of duration of the scholarship. While the scholarship duration for technical fields is four months, non-technical fields are of 10 weeks,” informed Avash Karmacharya, press and political officer at the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu.
As per the criteria of the scholarship, the applicant must be 25-45 years of age, employed in a public or private organization and have at least five years of experience in the desired field of application. Basic knowledge of English is also required, and an applicant can’t apply for more than one course.
ITEC was first started in Nepal in 2000 when it was awarded to 12 participants. Over the years, the number of seats allocated to Nepal has increased to 100 in 2011.
Till date, there have been 600 Nepalis who have benefited from this program, and this year it might just be you, provided you meet the June 15, 2012 deadline.
For more information, visit www.indianembassy.org.np/education-and-scholarship.php.