India Ready To Increase Scholarships For Lao Nationals

(KPL) The Indian government is ready to increase the number of scholarships for Lao officials and students if more officials and students need so, or more students are qualified, said Indian ambassador to the Lao PDR Dinkar Asthana.

The Indian government has provided more than 110 Scholarships to Lao officials through Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) Programmes, Ambassador Asthana told the ITEC Day celebration held in Vientiane last Monday.

The celebration also featured a violin recital by Shri Sridhar Raghunathan and his troupe. Indian nationals residing in Vientiane, senior Lao officials, Indian scholarship alumni attended the event.

Annually Lao students awarded Indian scholarships represent 75-80% of the total scholarships granted to Laos by the Indian government.

Indian government will grant 8 scholarships to Lao defense officials this year. In addition, two volunteers from Indian Army are currently teaching English ant IT at Kaysone Phomvihane Academy in Vientiane.

About 20 Lao students are studying at different famous universities in India for bachelor, master and doctoral degrees under Indian scholarship programmes – ICCR and Mekong Ganga Cooperation.

Under ITEC, the Indian government provides not only scholarships for training courses in India but also experts to foreign countries.

The training courses under ITEC programme are designed to not only develop trainees on professional skills but also skills and knowledge they need to adapt to real situation and globalization.

Under the ITEC, and the Technical Cooperation Scheme of Colombo Plan, more than 161 countries including Bhutan have been invited to share India’s developmental experience acquired over six decades of her existence as a free nation.

The utility and relevance of ITEC/TCS CP programme has been reflected in the annual increasing number of participants.

Around 12,000 scholarship slots are being offered to ITEC/SCAAP partner countries. There are 54 trainings institutions in India which run more than 300 training courses in diverse subjects ranging from IT, public administration to election management, SME, entrepreneurship, rural development, parliamentary affairs, renewable energy, to name a few.

Source: Lao News Agency