India increased the scholarships for Omani student from 125 to 150 on 1 April 2014. The scholarships were increased under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme. Since the first issuance of 50 scholarships to Omani students in 2011-12 to 150, the increase has been of 200 percent.
Indian Ambassador to Oman J S Mukul urged the Omani government and institutes to take the maximum benefit of the programme.
The demand driven ITEC programme was started on 15 September 1964 under the ministerial control of Union Ministry of External Affairs. Although ITEC was the brainchild of former Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru but it was formally launched under the premiership of Lal Bahadur Shastri.
The flagship programme is symbolic of Indian efforts in enhancing technical cooperation and is aimed towards identifying and addressing the needs of the developing countries via innovative and technological cooperation. Initially the programme started on a modest scale, but today it has graduated in magnitude.
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