L’Hebdo de Madagascar – Friday 7th November 2014
Malagasy Students and professionals have shown their efficiency and skills in their field. They are more than 500 who have benefitted from the programme ITEC ( Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation), that just celebrated its golden jubilee, on 31st October. “Launched on September 15, 1964, ITEC is a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India to developing countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Central & Latin America, Pacific and Small Island countries.
“The objective is to share the Indian development experience acquired for over five decades now and to improve the skills of professionals from public and private sector. Young people are invited to participate in the programme but they have to speak English well”, said Nivo Tiana Andrianarijaona, in charge of communication of the Embassy of India.
Scholars who have chosen the Indian Universities/institutes take advantages of many areas such as: information technology, journalism, environment, rural development, finance and audit, English courses, management, telecommunications or medicine. The number of slots under the programme for Madagascar is increasing each year (from 40 slots 10 years ago to 100 slots for the year 2014-2015). During 2013-14, 90 slots was utilised by Madagascar.
Yannick Sandra, journalist is among the ITEC scholars. She has taken advantage of the four-month development journalism course in India. “Twenty four journalists from twenty one countries in Asia, Africa exchanged their experience. This is fruitful training in the way of reporting and writing success stories on development. It is a real pleasure for me to share everything to my colleagues”, she witnessed.
Visibly, the trip trains and young journalists take advantage of their stay abroad to deepen a particular theme. Sibella Randriamazava, went into the field of sustainable development. “A training on “ To make a sense” or the way how to do a good report allowed me to open new horizons and to adjust in existing situations”, she said. She had the opportunity to visit Taj Mahal and Himalaya. She pointed that the difference between the poor and rich people in India is disconcerting that finally the daily life of Indian populations reflects the real development. They use their capacities that are the real commercials and are able to exploit the land they have through agriculture and deeply invest in many fields to remain active and productive.