The Indian government, under its Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme, has raised the number of fully funded training scholarships for the sultanate to 125 for the financial year 2013, from 80 in the previous year, H E J S Mukul, Indian Ambassador to Oman, said.
Speaking at the ITEC Day celebration at the Indian embassy on Monday, H E Mukul said, "ITEC has acquired a brand name of its own in Oman. Under the ITEC Programme, India had been extending 50 fully funded training scholarships to Oman annually. This marks an increase of 150 per cent over one year or so."
The ceremony was attended by around 250 Omani alumni of the ITEC Programme. It was also attended by several high-ranking Omani government officials and H E Eng Ali bin Mohammed al Abri, undersecretary for water resources at Ministry of Regional Municipalities and Water Resources was the chief guest.
H E Mukul briefed participants on the highlights of the programme and its progress and expansion since its inception in 1964.
"The programme dovetails very well with the sultanate's priorities of human resource development, capacity building, skills upgradation through education, training and vocational courses for increased jobs," he added.
Currently, ITEC extends to 161 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean as well as Pacific and small-island countries.