Nepal remembered India's first Education minister Maulana Abul Kalam Azad to celebrate the National Education Day. The program organized by Embassy of India in Kathmandu in collaboration with Indian Culture Centre was also celebrated as Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day. Many dignitaries, senior bureaucrats from Government of Nepal and academicians marked their presence on the day. The first batch of 12 ITEC participants went to India in the year 2000. Over the years, the number of seats allocated to Nepal under ITEC program has increased from 12 in 2000 to 250 in 2016. Candidates from Government of Nepal as well as from private and public sectors have been trained under ITEC programme in reputed institutions in India in the field of computers, engineering, journalism, banking and other fields. From the days of its initiation to take offer professional courses about 1250 participants are said to be benefitted by the initiated programs, the ITEC informed. The day was marked with much fervor with the showcasing of various Indian dances and songs by the Nepali students who are enrolled in various culture learning process in the Indian Culture Center.