High Commission of India
India shares its developmental experience in the fields of manpower training, skills development, technology, human resource and capacity building with more than 160 countries across the world, including countries in Africa, under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. This important dimension of India's partnership with the developing world under South-South cooperation is celebrated every year. Indian High Commission hosted a colourful evening at India House, the Residence of the Indian High Commissioner in Accra, on Thursday 19 November, which was attended by more than two hundred guests that comprised officials from the Government of Ghana, Ghanaian ITEC alumni, members of the diplomatic corps, Ghanaians of Indian origin and media representatives.
Under ITEC and the scholarship programme of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), the High Commission of India in Accra, which is also concurrently accredited to Togo, Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone, facilitates training and academic studies in India every year for about five hundred youth in varied fields such as Information Technology, Banking, Management, Auditing, Parliamentary methodologies, Rural Development, Disaster Management, Investment Promotion, Hydrology, Industrial Electronics etc. Training is also imparted to Defence and Police personnel. This initiative spans 300 courses imparted by over 60 institutions across the length and breadth of India. ITEC programme successfully completed 50 years in 2014, and continues to expand in numbers as well as content.
Her Excellency Hannah Tetteh, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Cooperation, was the Guest of Honour at the event in India House. Ms Tetteh, who recently attended the third India-Africa Forum Summit in New Delhi, thanked the Government of India for its consistent support to Ghana over the years, particularly its contribution to Capacity Building. High Commissioner of India H.E. Jeeva Sagar, delivering his welcome remarks, said that India's ITEC effort is a critical component of India's partnership with Africa, and has extended 24000 scholarships since the second India-Africa Summit of 2011, and will be providing another 50,000 scholarships in the next five years.
Seven Ghanaian ITEC alumni shared their experiences in India, and were effusive in their appreciation for the civilizational depth and rich cultural diversity of India and the economic strides the country has made. Mr. Boateng, President of the Ghana Film Directors Guild, who recently returned from India after completing his ITEC training in film-making techniques, enthralled the guests with a Bollywood song & dance performance. The event also witnessed Indian classical dances rendered and choreographed by Mrs Chukkapally Sri Sushma and her students.