As part of the ongoing India@75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations in Bhutan, a special programme was organized by the Indian community in Bhutan on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on 2 October which was in honour of Mahatma Gandhi, the father of the nation at the India House Estate.
Floral tributes were offered by the Indian Ambassador and other Bhutanese dignitaries to the life-size statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the front lawns of the chancery.
The lead vocalist of the well-known B4B band, Pashupati Diyali, also enlightened the crowd with his soulful recitation of Gandhiji’s favorite prayer-song “Vaishnav Jan To”, to lend a solemn and special touch to the function.
Speaking on the occasion, Indian Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said, “Gandhi Jayanti is an occasion not only to celebrate and commemorate the life and accomplishments of India’s greatest statesman but also to encourage all of us to inculcate his philosophy and teachings to further enrich our lives.”
The celebration of the 152nd birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi was a fitting occasion to not only recall the historic contribution of this great soul in the birth of the Indian Nation, but also to recommit ourselves to the values espoused by him, which remain just as relevant today.
Similarly, on 1 October, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj hosted a special event for alumni of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) program in the capital.
The reception was organized as part of the 57th ITEC day celebrations in Bhutan to commemorate the robust educational ties and bonds of friendship made possible by the ITEC programme.
The Indian Embassy stated that development partnership occupies a paramount place in India’s foreign policy. The ITEC program was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on 15 September 1964 as India’s flagship program for training and capacity-building of partner countries.
“The focus of the ITEC program is to share India’s technical know-how and expertise by offering customized training courses at India’s premier institutions,” it said.
Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj said that ITEC program has to be proved to be excellent avenue not just for the training also wonderful way to forged friendly ties not only to between India and Bhutan but also the Bhutanese and other people who are trained along with them.
“I was told by lot of Bhutanese who availed the ITEC program, apart from the academic program, they established the contacts and live long networks with nationals from other countries and that stands for good states in your carrier that it is networking that it is very vital part of the activities that you do in the civil services.”
The ITEC is not just restricted only to civil servant; it is opened to all including to private sectors. The program will be customized to suit Bhutan’s needs and requirement and the change in time for the Bhutan, added the Ambassador.
Bhutan is one of the top beneficiaries of ITEC courses and in the last 10 years, almost 2,862 individuals have availed ITEC courses. The network of ITEC alumni in Bhutan is spread across various departments, agencies and ministries such as Judiciary, Druk Holding and Investments, Bhutan Telecom, Bhutan Power Corporation, Ministry of Finance, Royal Audit Authority, Desuung and Royal Bhutan Police.
These courses have been administered across a variety of fields such as renewable energy, sustainable development, urban planning, IT and English skills, rural development, project management, international banking and insurance, international trade and gender inclusive development.
The highest number of ITEC courses availed by Bhutanese are in the fields of yoga, health and wellness, leadership development as well as IT and English skills.
The reception provided an opportunity to engage with the ITEC alumni and build upon the warm people to people ties that form the foundation of the bilateral relationship.
Meanwhile, the event was attended by the Foreign Minister, Lyonpo Dr Tandi Dorji, former Foreign Secretary, Kinga Singye and Secretary, Ministry of Education, Karma Tshering apart from Bhutanese alumni.