Up to 50 Batswana nationals will be sponsored to train in India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC), the Indian High Commissioner to Botswana Vishnu N. Hade has said. The ambassador was speaking at an occasion to celebrate ITEC day and launch the Overseas India card in Gaborone on Tuesday. The ITEC scholarships is a 100 percent increase from the 25 slots that have traditionally been reserved for Batswana.

Under the ITEC scholarship, the government of India bears the cost of training, including the return international fare, tuition fee, accommodation, emergency medical treatment, stipend, book allowance and study tour.

Ambassador Hade said the ITEC sponsorship has been utilised in various fields such as standardisation, Information technology, Finger Print, curriculum design and other health-based courses.

Hade said they intend to make ITEC celebrations an annual event where they would get an opportunity to interact with Batswana who studied in India."We would use such meetings to help evaluate our programmes."

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