News Center-TDO- India's Ambassador to Turkey, Sanjay Kumar Panda, hosted an event at the Embassy residence for the "57th India Technical and Economic Cooperation Day" (ITEC Day) and Indian Cultural Relations Council (ICCR) Alumni Day.

Ambassador Rıza Hakan Tekin, Director General of South Asia of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ITEC graduates and many guests attended the event.

Delivering the opening speech, Ambassador Panda stated ITEC started in 1964 as a bilateral support program for India's partner countries and said, "What started as an idea then, a vision for our friends in developing countries, has become a strong brand in our development partnership."

Stating that ITEC is the most important tool for sharing his country's knowledge, skills and expertise with the world, Ambassador Panda said that more than 10 thousand scholarships are given to 161 partner countries every year.

Ambassador Panda expressed his satisfaction that many Turkish citizens benefited from capacity building programs and scholarships offered by the Indian government and called on diplomats, academics and students to apply to these programs.

Speaking at the event, the Director-General of South Asia at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Tekin said that ITEC, which brings together two countries with rich history and culture, is an instrumental program. Tekin added the Ministry would do its best to use the scholarship opportunities allocated to them.

Stating that Turkey and India have deep-rooted relations dating back centuries and a strong cultural bond between the people of the two countries, Ambassador Tekin said that programs such as ITEC are essential in further strengthening these relations.

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