Senior Correspondent, bdnews24.com
Published: 2017-03-20 21:30:35 BdST
“Your dream of golden Bangla is also our dream too,” he said on Monday, ahead of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s 3-day “state visit” to New Delhi due to begin on Apr 7.
“We will always remain as each other’s good neighbour,” he said, speaking before the professionals who have either trained up or studied in India under the Indian government’s Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) programmes.
Hasina will pay the state visit seven years after her last visit in Jan 2010 and two years after Narendra Modi’s visit to Bangladesh in June 2015. The two leaders will hold official talks in New Delhi on Apr 8.
Announcing the visit, the two countries earlier said the visit was expected “to further expand the cordial and cooperative relationship between India and Bangladesh and build on the strong ties of friendship and trust between the two leaders”.
“We are looking very much forward to the prime minister’s visit,” the High Commissioner said.
Referring to the recent visit of 20 newly inducted Indian Foreign Service officers in Dhaka, he said they came as part of the familiarisation programme in Bangladesh.
“We felt that this is the best example of friendship and partnership that we have with our own neighbourhood with the country with whom we share a 4,000-kilometre border,” he said.
ITEC & ICCR scholars act as a bridge
The ITEC Programme was instituted in 1964 as part of India’s Development
Every year more than 10,000 training slots are offered to 161 partner countries for training courses in various areas of Accounts, Audit, Management, SME, Rural Development, and Parliamentary Affairs, among others.
Over 2,600 young Bangladeshi professionals have undergone such specialised short and medium term courses in India under the ITEC programme since 2007.
Since 1972, the Indian government has been offering academic scholarships to students from Bangladesh through the ICCR.
So far, over 3,000 meritorious Bangladeshi students have been granted ICCR Scholarships to study in India. They are all well established in their chosen fields in Bangladesh and beyond.
The High Commissioner said these scholarships enable Bangladeshi nationals to study in premier institutions and universities all over India, including in West Bengal, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai.
Students hailing from all parts of Bangladesh from the public as well as private educational institutions have benefitted from the prestigious ICCR scholarships, he said.
“They act as a bridge between India and Bangladesh relations,” he said.
More than 500 such alumni from all walks of life attended the event.