Deputy Permanent Secretary (Science) in the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Vocational Training, James Mdoe said recently in Dar es Salaam when speaking at function to celebrate the ITEC day at the residence of the High Commission of India.
Mdoe noted that Tanzania is one of the largest beneficiaries of training slots under the ITEC programme including the India-Tanzania centre of excellence in ICT set up at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) and at the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in Arusha.
Prof Mdoe noted that India also donated 131,000 secondary school books for mathematics and science and donation of medicines worth 2bn/- to the government.
He acknowledged the donation of the state of the art telecobalt cancer therapy machine along with a radio therapy simulator, all manufactured in India, which have been installed at the Bugando Medical Centre, in Mwanza Region as grant project by government of India.
“We thank the government and the High Commission of India for this generous support”, he noted.
In his welcoming remarks, High Commissioner of India to Tanzania, Sandeep Arya spoke in detail about the ITEC programme, areas of bilateral cooperation with Tanzania including new initiatives such as e-ITEC, focus on areas of interest for Tanzania such as healthcare, agriculture, entrepreneurship, infrastructure, the much acclaimed water projects under government of India’s Lines of Credit.
Arya said that India also supports the e-VBAB tele-education programme in 5 universities and tele-medicine programme in 5 hospitals in Tanzania.
The five ITEC alumni who underwent training programmes in India narrated their experiences of staying and getting trained in India. The ITEC alumni interacted with fellow Tanzanians and recalled great memories of their stay in India.
Young Tanzanians who are learning Hindi language at the High Commission’s Cultural Centre sang popular songs in Hindi from Bollywood films.
The ITEC programme aims to offer capacity building and skills development training to public servants of fellow developing countries. It was introduced by the government of India way back in 1964.
The ITEC day brought together all the alumni who underwent trainings in India in the past.