Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programmes and other scholarships offered by Government of India:
1. The Government of India (GOI) offers various short term as well as long term training programmes under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. The ITEC programme is administered by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, under which all expenses including international airfare, boarding, lodging, tuition fees, etc. Are borne by the GOI. These programmes essentially aim to enhance the qualification and skills of persons who are already employed in government establishments.
2. The ITEC programme was launched by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on 15 September 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the GOI. Under ITEC and its corollary, the Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme (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 for over five decades now. India spends a substantial amount annually on ITEC activities. Complete details of the programme are available at the website link http://itec.mea.gov.in.
3. Trainees from Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia benefit from these programmes every year. The Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia are the nodal Ministries for nomination of candidates under the schemes.
4. The courses are of short/medium/long durations in diversified fields and are conducted by renowned Institutions in India. Under the ITEC programme, trainees have been sent to attend courses in entrepreneurship, Information Technology (IT), audit, management, education, banking, journalism, communication, instrumentation and data acquisition system in fluid process, human resource planning and development, government accounts and financing, legislative drafting, parliamentary procedures, standardization and quality assurance, information technology in law enforcement, etc.
5. Applications are required to be routed through the nodal Ministries of the Governments concerned. Applications for the training programmes sent directly to the training Institutions or to the Ministry of External Affairs of India are rejected. After forwarding by the concerned sending Government Department, the applications are processed initially at the Embassy of India in Abidjan, and then forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, which coordinates with the training institutions for selection of candidates and further processing.
6. The details of various courses for the year 2015-16 and application form may be downloaded from the Homepage of Embassy of India, Abidjan (www.eoiabidjan.org).
Scholarships offered by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations
7. One of the major activities of the ICCR is its scholarship programme. The ICCR annually offers about 3365 scholarships under 24 scholarship schemes. Of these scholarships, 900 are for the students from African countries. There are students from about 135 countries in India benefitting under these schemes. Around 4750 foreign students are currently studying in India under these scholarship schemes. The students are in undergraduate, post-graduate and doctoral programmes as well as in professional courses such as engineering, accountancy, business administration and management.
Training under the India Africa Forum Summit Decisions
8. The first India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) was held from 4-8 April 2008 in New Delhi. The Second Summit was held at Addis Ababa in the year 2011.
9. India and Africa both recognize the importance of capacity building, particularly as both are young societies and desirous of translating the demographic dividend into effective growth. The successful utilization of the ITEC programme offered by India has been a manifestation of the South-South Cooperation. The enhancement of scholarships and training positions under the ITEC programme, as well as the creation of new courses for training of African nationals in specified areas, emerge from the Action Plan of the Framework of Cooperation of IAFS-1. Every year Ivorian, Guinean and Liberian nationals are sent on various training courses under the IAFS decisions.
C V Raman International Fellowship Programme
10. The Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Government of India through the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), have launched the prestigious C V Raman International Fellowship programme for African Researchers in 2010 to provide them opportunity to conduct collaborative research with leading research groups in Indian Universities and R&D institutions in areas of Science & Technology, under guidance of host scientists in India. The programme allows such African researchers to advance their own research capabilities while contributing to the progress of research in India.
11. FICCI is the ‘Coordinating Partner’ for C V Raman International Fellowship Programme. FICCI, on behalf of Department of Science & Technology, invites applications from African researchers for the award of the Fellowship.
12. Further details may be accessed at the website http://www.indoafrica-cvrf.in/.
Pan African e-Network Project under India Africa Forum Summit decision:
13. The Pan African e-Network Project was conceived by former President Honorable Dr. A.P.J. Kalam and approved by the Union Cabinet of India on 5th July, 2007 at a budgeted cost of Rs.542.90 crores (US$ 125 million pproximately) which covered the cost of supply, installation, testing and commissioning of hardware and software, end-to-end connectivity, satellite bandwidth, O&M support, and providing the tele-education and tele-medicine services to 53 African countries for 5-years. The Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal Ministry for the project while Telecommunications Consultants India Limited (TCIL) is implementing the project on a turnkey basis. This project has recently been extended by the Government of India till July 2016.
14. The basic objective of the Pan-African e-Network project is to assist Africa in capacity building by way of imparting quality education to 10,000 students in Africa over a 5-year period in various disciplines by some of the best Indian Universities/Educational Institutions. Besides, this would provide Tele-Medicine services by way of on line medical consultation to the medical practioners at the Patient End Location in Africa by Indian medical specialists in various disciplines/specialties selected by African Union for its Member States.
15. Regular Tele-Medicine and Tele-Education services have already begun on this network. At present, the Tele-Medicine consultations are regularly being conducted from Super-Specialty Hospitals from India to the African countries on need basis. Moreover, regular Continued Medical Education (CME) sessions were also started with effect from 22 April 2009 from 11 Indian Super-Specialty Hospitals in India. Nearly 700 CME sessions have been conducted on this network.
16. Regarding Tele-Education services from India, more than 2000 students from Africa have been enrolled in 5 different top ranking universities in India in various disciplines like MBA, Master in Finance Control, PG Diploma in IT, M.Sc. in IT and Bachelor in Finance & Investment Analysis and many others. Regular Tele-Education live sessions are being conducted from India and students have shown great interest in the courses.
17. Students from Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea and Liberia are availing this facility of tele-education through distance learning by enrolling themselves with the top Indian universities from their respective E-Learning Centres which are in operation in all the three countries.
18. An Indo-Ivorian cultural programme was held on 21 June 2014. H.E. Ms. Kandia CAMARA, Minister of National and Technical Education and H.E. Mr. Dinesh Bhatia and Ambassador of India to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire were invited as Chief Guest for the event. About 300 persons comprising Indians and Ivorians attended the event during which Indian and Ivorian children performed various dances. This was the first joint Indo-Ivorian cultural programme held in Abidjan.
Surajkund International Crafts Mela
19. An Ivorian Musician, Mr. Gilles Kouissoa participated in the 28th Annual Surajkund International Crafts Mela held at Surajkund, Faridabad, State of Haryana from 1-15 February 2014.
20. In February 2013, ICCR had sponsored a 8-member cultural troupe from Guinea to participate in Surajkund Art and Crafts Mela. ICCR paid for their airfare and all local expenditure during their 15 days stay in India.