Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation popularly known as "ITEC" was launched by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September 15, 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. Under it and its corollary SCAAP 156 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Central & Latin America, Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian Development experience acquired over six decades of our existence as a free nation. India spends about Rs.500 million annually on ITEC activities.

The scheme is available for applicants from Angola, Sao Tome & Principe  and Equatorial Guinea.  A number of slots have been allotted to these countries and are processed by the embassy.

For further details contact:

Mr. Naba Kumar Pal
First Secretary, ITEC

Tel : 222 335 455 

Full information about ITEC is available at


Indian Economic and Technical Cooperation (ITEC) Program

Indian teachers are well known in the world. Indian graduates are sought after in American Ivy League Universities and Multinational Corporations. The best Universities in the United States boast of Indian teachers on their faculty. However, education goes beyond acquisition of formal diplomas, degrees and doctorates. The ability to apply the knowledge, acquired in schools and colleges, to the needs of real life requires further studies and training. Knowing the properties of gold and diamonds is necessary but not sufficient to make an expert jeweler and that needs the guidance and training of a good jeweler. A petroleum engineer would be lost in an oil platform till he is taught by another expert on how to manage the intricate and complex operations on the platform.

The MSME (Micro, Small & Medium) sector is a nursery of entrepreneurship in India, driven mainly by individual creativity and innovation. The sector contributes 8 per cent of India’s GDP, 45 per cent of the manufactured output and 40 per cent of its exports. The MSMEs provide employment to about 60 million persons through 26 million enterprises. An Indian MSME can have as small an investment as $ 20,000 going up to a maximum of $ 200,000. A number of people in the MSME sector have limited or no formal education but can be trained in a number of training institutes. MSME sector in India has also survived the onslaught of globalization and the economies of scale of larger enterprises and continues to contribute significantly to the Indian economy.

India became independent in 1947 when it had absolutely no industrial base. The largely illiterate population survived mainly on rain fed agriculture. Slowly and steadily, India developed its systems of democratic governance, education and socio-economic development. Today it continues to grow at over 7 percent per annum despite the global financial crisis. With a GDP of $ 3.4 trillion in Purchase Power Parity (PPP) terms, it has become the 4th largest economy in the world according to the International Monetary Fund. The country has also acquired a huge industrial base and an excellent institutional infrastructure for education and training. 

In the early sixties, the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, thought of making available the experience gained by India in creating wealth and employment for the ordinary masses through basic grass root training to other developing countries. Thus the Indian Technical & Economic Cooperation (ITEC) was born. In 1964, the doors of the network of a wide range of Indian training Institutions were opened to all the developing countries that needed them. Short and medium term courses were offered to train young workers, officials and budding entrepreneurs. Government of India (GOI) also decided to fund the programme to make it easily accessible to needy countries. Accordingly, all costs of an ITEC nominee including return air fare, boarding and lodging, tuition fees, books, study tours etc are borne by GOI. Over 5,000 participants come to India every year from different countries to attend programmes in a variety of subjects.  A list of some important programmes may be seen in the Annexure but it is not exhaustive.

If a particular country needs to train a large number of trainees at one time, the ITEC programme provides for deputation of Indian teachers and experts to the country to conduct the programme in that country. Angola was the beneficiary of one such programme, “International Business and Port Management” conducted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade by three professors in October 2009. There is a large group of ambitious and young Angolans who are keen to learn English and Computers. This is an ideal case in which Government of Angola can seek from Government of India the services of a set of teachers who could hold classes in Angola. As and when Government of Angola accepts the Indian offer to set up a satellite connectivity project, such classes can also be beamed through Indian satellites without the teachers and the students having to travel.

Angola has just about started taking interest in ITEC programmes. For the first time, nearly 40 Angolans will be trained in various programmes in India. The Embassy of India hopes that more and more young Angolans will take the benefit of this programme. The details of ITEC programme can be accessed through the Embassy’s website  or directly at the ITEC web site

Some ITEC Programmes & Institutes

Accounts, Finance and Audit Courses
01. Institute of Government Accounts and Finance - New Delhi
02. International Center for Information and System Audit –NOIDA

IT, Telecommunication, English  language and IT Courses
03. Aptech Limited - New Delhi
04. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing – Mohali
05. Centre for Development of Advanced Computing – Noida
06. Centre for Excellence in Telecom Technology & Management-Mumbai
07. CMC Ltd. - New Delhi
08. NIIT Ltd - New Delhi
09. The English and Foreign Languages University – Hyderabad
10. UTL Technologies Ltd. – Bangalore

Management Courses
11. Administrative Staff College of India - Hyderabad
12. Institute of Applied Manpower Research – Delhi
13. IIM – Ahmedabad
14. International Management Institute - New Delhi
15. National Institute of Bank Management – Pune

SME/Rural Development Courses
16. Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India –Ahmedabad
17. National Institute of Entrepreneurship & Small Business Development-Noida
18. National Institute of Micro Small & Medium Enterprises –Hyderabad
19. National Institute of Rural Development – Hyderabad

Specialized Courses
20. Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training - New Delhi
21. Human Settlement Management Institute - New Delhi
22. Indian Institute of Mass Communication - New Delhi
23. TERI – Environment and Renewable Energy Courses
24. Central Institute of Tool Design- Design of Tools, jigs and Fixtures
25. Bureau of Indian Standards - Standardization