By OUR STAFF REPORTER
Dehradun, 1 Nov: An eight week ITEC Training programme on Petroleum Refining Technology and Petrochemicals (during 28 October 28 to 20 December) was inaugurated at the CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum, here. About 15 foreign government officials mainly from African countries such as Ethiopia, Niger, Tanzania, Ghana, Madagascar, Sudan, Egypt, as well as Columbia are participating in the training programme. The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme was instituted on 15 September, 1964, as a bilateral cooperation programme of assistance by the Government of India with partner developing countries. ITEC offers around 14,000 scholarships to professional and multilateral organisations from 160 partner countries in premier Indian Institutions in wide ranging areas such as Agriculture, Banking, Finance, English Language, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Climate, Petroleum, Telecom, etc. The objective of the training programme is to learn about the composition, properties and application of crude oil and petroleum products, acquire a solid base in refining technology to understand the main refining processes and their fundamental aspects, operations including safety and environmental issues, fundamentals of petrochemicals and integration of refinery and petrochemical business, etc. The training programme was inaugurated by Amar K Jain, Acting Director, and will be coordinated by Dr Anil Kumar Jain, Head, HR and Training.