(KPL) The Embassy of the Republic of India to the Lao PDR organized on Dec 24 at India Embassy in Vientiane a cultural event to enhance relationships and cooperation and promote cultural exchange between Laos and India.

As every year, Lao officials representing different sectors are given opportunities to train and study in India.

Tuesday’s event was joined by a 10-member Manipuri group ‘Huyen Lallong Manipur Thang-Ta Cultural Association.

After performances, ITEC alumni were invited to the stage to tell their experiences on studying and training in India.

The Indian government has provided more than 110 scholarships to Lao officials through Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) Programmes, Ambassador Asthana told the ITEC Day celebration held in Vientiane on Dec 24.

Annually Lao students were awarded Indian scholarships, accounting for 75-80% of the total scholarships granted to Lao nationals by the Indian government.

Under ITEC, the Indian government provides not only scholarships for training courses in India but also experts to foreign countries.

The training courses under ITEC programme are designed to not only develop trainees on professional skills but also skills and knowledge they need to adapt to changing situation and globalization. 

Under the ITEC, and the Technical Cooperation Scheme of Colombo Plan, more than 161 countries including Bhutan have been invited to share India’s developmental experiences acquired over six decades of her existence as a free nation.

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