News: The 56th foundation day of Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme is being celebrated.
- ITEC Programme: It was instituted in 1964 as a bilateral assistance programme run by the Government of India.
- Purpose: It is a demand-driven, response-oriented programme that focuses on addressing the needs of developing countries through innovative technological cooperation between India and the partnering nation.
- Administered by: Ministry of External Affairs and is fully funded by the Government of India.
- Coverage: The programme covers around 158 countries across Asia, Africa, Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe, and several Pacific and Caribbean nations.