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ITEC / TCS Colombo Plan

ITEC / TCS Colombo Plan


The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme was instituted by a decision of the Indian Cabinet on 15 September 1964 as a bilateral programme of assistance of the Government of India. The ITEC Programme, born out of the vision of our first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was formally launched under the premiership of Lal Bahadur Shastri. The decision regarding setting up the ITEC programme was predicated on the underlying belief that "it was necessary to establish relations of mutual concern and inter-dependence based not only on commonly held ideals and aspirations, but also on solid economic foundations. Technical and economic cooperation was considered to be one of the essential functions of an integrated and imaginative foreign policy. As on date 159 partner countries avail of training under this Scheme in various premier Institutes in India.

Under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC), training in India is provided to Sri Lankan candidates from Government, Semi-Government & Private Sectors in various fields such as:

  1. Information Communication and Technology (ICT)
  2. Audit, Accounts, Banking and Finance courses
  3. Telecommunication and English Courses
  4. Management, SME/Rural Development Courses
  5. Specialized courses
  6. Technical Courses and Environment and Renewable Energy Courses etc.
ITEC/TCS (Colombo Plan) Terms and Conditions

Air Fare

Excursion/economy class air tickets for travel from the airport nearest to their place of working/residence in their respective home countries, to their place of training in India and back.


Visa is issued gratis to approved nominees by the Consulate General of India, Jaffna.

Course Fees

Fees charged by the training institutes are borne by the Government of India.


Accommodation is provided by the Training Institute in a hostel/hotel and the charges on this account are borne by the Government of India. While generally accommodation is provided on single occupancy, there could be instances of accommodation being provided on double occupancy basis. (Type of accommodation being provided by the Institute is available at ITEC portal). Participants are required to pay for availing services such as: a. Room service, b. Laundry, c. Local and outstation telephone calls, fax, etc.

Living Allowance

The participants will receive a daily living allowance (currently INR 1200/- per day). Disbursement of this Allowance will be made by the Institute on a weekly/fortnightly basis (as decided by the Institute) after deducting charges for meals, as participants are required to bear expenditure for meals from the Living Allowance. In case institute does not make any arrangement for provision of meals, the participant will receive the entire daily living allowance. Participants are advised to bring some extra money with them for any particular individual needs they may have, including special dietary needs, shopping and other out-of-pocket expenses.

Book Allowance

The institute will provide the necessary training material, handouts, books, e-study material or any other documents which are necessary for training/self-study including a welcome-kit to the participants. In some cases, the institute may specify certain books and suggest that the participants should purchase the same. Cost on such purchases will be borne by Government of India.

Study Tour

An educational-cum-sightseeing study tour is an integral part of many courses. They also serve to familiarize the participants with Indian culture and history and are compulsory. Government of India bears the cost of such study tours during the Course.

Medical Facility

Participants selected for training Courses are expected to be medically fit. The Government of India will cover medical treatment only for ailments of immediate and emergency nature occurring in India. No medical reimbursement will be provided for ailments of chronic nature or for pre-existing medical condition. Participants must carry their medicines for chronic ailments like diabetes, hypertension, etc. and have to bear the expenditure for medicines and consultation of doctors on their own.

TCS Colombo Plan

Another cooperation programme of India, the Technical Cooperation Scheme of Colombo Plan, was started in 1950 with a view to providing technical assistance to neighbouring Colombo Plan countries. Through this Scheme, India provides comprehensive and integrated training to Asian member countries of Colombo Plan with the purpose of assisting them to enhance their administrative and technical capabilities through human resource development. The Ministry of External Affairs has been entrusted with the administration of the TCS of Colombo Plan since April 2010. Under this Scheme, India offers 500 slots for training in India at 26 centres of learning covering diverse disciplines keeping in mind the needs of our Colombo Plan countries. Sri Lanka is also a Partner Country of the 18 Partner Countries under this Scheme & working people from Government, Semi-Government & Private Enterprises can apply for the Training Programmes. Terms & Conditions are same as for ITEC.

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Course Details 2019-20