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Kollam: Communist Party of India (Marxist) Kerala state secretary M V Govindan slammed union government for allowing the participation of Afghanistan diplomats in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Kozhikode online training program and said that it shows a clear understanding between Taliban and Sangh Parivar.
Addressing the media, Govindan said, "They (union government) say they are against terrorism, but at the same time, they are establishing a friendship with a terrorist administration."
"A very important issue is that in the name of making a part of Indian thoughts, a subject called immersing with Indian thoughts was conducted at a prominent educational institution run by the central government here as a course training," added Govindan.
IIM Kozhikode is conducting online training in which delegates from Afghanistan's Taliban are also participating. The E-ITEC program began yesterday in which 18 delegates from Afghanistan, 1 from Thailand and 1 from Maldives also joined.
Programs with participants from foreign countries are done under the Indian Technical and Economic Corporation (ITEC) by the Ministry of External Affairs.
Attacking the Central government, Govindan said, “This shows how RSS helps terrorist groups. This shows how the discussions between RSS and Jamaat-e Islami are developing."
On Tuesday, a press release by IIM Kozhikode stated that the institute is conducting an online training in which delegates from Afghanistan's Taliban are also participating.
"The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) began on Tuesday in which 18 delegates from Afghanistan, one from Thailand and one from Maldives also joined. The participants or the countries for the ITEC programme are selected by the Ministry of External Affairs," read the release.
"The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode is a premier B School of the country under the Ministry of Education, Government of India. As a leading global school for thought leadership, the Institute conducts many national and international training programmes in the area of leadership and management education, the release read further.
Informing more about ITEC programme selection, the release said, "ITEC is the leading capacity-building platform of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The participants or countries for the ITEC programme are selected by MEA, Government of India. IIM Kozhikode has no role whatsoever in the selection of these candidates nor the knowledge of their political affiliations."
"Day 1 of the programme, on Tuesday, witnessed online participation from 20 delegates from three countries --- Afghanistan (18), Thailand (1) and Maldives (1). They attended the programme virtually from their respective countries. IIM-K is conducting the course on behalf of New Delhi's capacity-building platform, the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC), the release added.