Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) / Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa (SCAAP) Programmes of the Government of India and other scholarships offered by GOI:
The Government of India offers various short term training programmes under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme to Mal. The ITEC programme is administered by the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India, under which all expenses including international airfare, boarding, lodging, tuition fees, etc. are borne by the GOI. These programmes essentially aim to enhance the qualification and skills of persons who are already employed in government establishments.
The ITEC programme was launched by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on September 15, 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the GOI. Under ITEC and its corollary the Special Commonwealth Assistance for Africa Programme (SCAAP), 156 countries in Asia, Africa, East Europe, Central & Latin America, Pacific and Small Island countries are invited to share in the Indian development experience acquired for over five decades now. India spends a substantial amount annually on ITEC activities. Complete details of the programme are available at the website link http://itec.mea.gov.in.
Trainees from Mali benefit from the programme every year. The Ministry of External Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Mali is the nodal Ministries for nomination of candidates under the schemes.
The courses are of short and medium durations in diversified fields and are conducted by renowned institutions in India, from April through March of the following year. Under the ITEC programme, trainees have been sent to attend courses in entrepreneurship, IT, audit, management, education, banking, biotechnology, journalism, communication, power transmission and distribution management and technologies, design of jigs and fixtures, advanced computer aided manufacturing, geo-informatics, instrumentation and data acquisition system in fluid process, human resource planning and development, government accounts and financing, legislative drafting, parliamentary procedures, standardization and quality assurance, advanced finger print science & computers, information technology in law enforcement, etc. From time to time, the Indian institutions also devise special courses, which meet the specific needs of the beneficiary countries.
It may be noted that the Embassy of India, Bamako does not entertain applications directly from the candidates aspiring to attend these courses. Applications have to be routed through the nodal ministries of the Governments concerned. Applications for the training programmes should also not to be provided directly to the training institutions or to the Ministry of External Affairs of India. After forward by the concerned sending Government Department, the applications are processed initially at the Embassy of India in Bamako, and then forwarded to the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, which coordinates with the training institutions for selection of candidates and further processing.
The terms and conditions for the training scholarship and also the application forms can be downloaded from the links given below.
Download Courses for 2014-15 and application from www.itec.mea.gov.in
Scholarships under the India Africa Forum Summit initiatives (IAFS): Apart from the ITEC / SCAAP courses, a number of other training courses are also being offered under the initiatives of the India-Africa Forum Summits. Please contact 00 223 202 354 20 or 00 223 202 354 21 or e-mail at email@example.com for details for the year 2013-2014.
Agricultural scholarships under the IAFS initiatives are administered through the African Union.
Under the Africa Scholarship Scheme (ASC), India also offers scholarships for higher studies in Indian Universities.
Under the C. V. Raman Fellowship scheme, Fellowships have also been offered to Mali.