Govt Steps for strengthening cultural relations with other countries

By | February 25, 2016

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

LOK SABHA

 

The Minister of State in the Ministry of External Affairs Gen. (Dr) V. K. Singh (Retd) informed the Lok Sabha today in reply to a question that the objective of ICCR is establishing, reviving and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries. Its functions include:

  • Administering of scholarship schemes for overseas; Grant of scholarships to foreign students to learn Indian dance and music, Exchange of Exhibitions,
  • Organizing of and participation in international conferences and seminars,
  • Participating in major cultural festivals abroad, Organizing ‘Festivals of India’ abroad; Exchange of groups of performing artistes,
  • Maintain Distinguished Visitors Programme, under which eminent personalities from abroad are invited to India and Indian experts are sent abroad to deliver lectures on issues of mutual interest,
  • Establish and maintain Chairs for Indian Studies in Universities abroad;
  • Maintenance of Indian Cultural Centres abroad,
  • Maintenance of a well-stocked library and the old Manuscripts; Awarding of Library Fellowships, Digitization of rare manuscripts,
  • Presentation of books, audio-visual material, art objects and musical instruments to institutions abroad, and
  • Execute MEA’s projects and administer scholarships of behalf of MEA and Ministry of Ayush.

Several initiatives have been taken to improve cultural relations with neighbouring countries during the last three years. ICCR has its Culture Centres active in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka through which it executes cultural activities with these countries. India has signed Cultural Exchange Programmes (CEPs) with Bangladesh, China, Maldives and Myanmar. Under the CEPs both the countries have to jointly share the cost for activities related to culture promotion. In case of the neighbouring countries, ICCR has extended additional assistance in terms of providing local hospitality for outgoing cultural groups to these countries.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations endeavours to focus more on the neighbouring countries by way of enhancing its activities. More academic interactions with the prominent academic institutions and renowned scholars are proposed to be organized in the coming years. Special focus would be given to neighbouring countries during the celebration of International Day of Yoga 2016 and through programmes such as artists in residence and SAARC literature festival etc., subject to availability of funds.

Country-wise activities undertaken in last three years are as follows:

Name of Country Activities with neighbouring  country Year 2013-14 Year 2014-15 Year 2015-16
 

 

Afghanistan

Scholarship slots offered 1000 1000 1000
Incoming Cultural Delegations

 

One group visited India Three groups visited India One group visited India

 

Yoga related activities     International Day of Yoga 2015 was celebrated.
 

 

Bangladesh

Scholarship slots offered 232 232 232
Incoming Cultural Delegations Three groups visited India Three groups visited India One group visited India
Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition display in Bhutan Nil

 

Nil

 

Chairs abroad Two Two Two
Indian Culture Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

Conferences & Seminars One Conference organized in India Nil

 

Nil

 

Outgoing Cultural Delegations Nil Send Two groups for performance  
Bhutan Scholarships 20 25 20
Incoming Cultural Delegations One group visited India Three groups visited India One group visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition display in Bhutan One Exhibition display in Bhutan Nil
Distinguished

Visitors Programme

Two groups of Distinguished Visitor visited India Nil One group of Distinguished Visitor visited India
Indian Culture Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

 

Conferences & Seminars One Bhutan Festival organized in India Nil Two Bhutan Festival organized in India
Outgoing Cultural Delegations Send One group for performance Send Six groups for performance  
 

 

China

Incoming Cultural Delegations One group visited India

 

Nil Two groups visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition organized in India One Exhibition organized in India One Exhibition display in China
Chairs abroad Two Five Four
Indian Culture Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2008

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Collaborated with Yunnan Minzu University, Kunming, China to established India-China Yoga College and deputed two Assistant Professors of Yoga at the College.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

Conferences & Seminars Two visitors sponsored to attend Conferences in China Nil One visitor sponsored to attend Conferences in India

 

Maldives Scholarship slots offer per annum 37 37 37
Incoming Cultural Delegations One group visited India One group visited India One group visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

Nil

 

One Exhibition displayed in Maldives Nil

 

Indian Culture Centre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2011.

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

Outgoing Cultural Delegations Send One group for performance Send One group for performance

 

 
Myanmar Scholarship slots offered per annum. 16 16 16
Indian Culture Centre

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

 

Nepal Scholarships

 

 

124 scholarship slots offered

 

139 scholarship slots offered

 

135 scholarship slots offered

 

Incoming Cultural Delegations One group visited India

 

Two groups visited India Nil

 

Exhibitions

 

 

Nil

 

 

One Exhibition display in Nepal

 

Nil

 

 

Distinguished

Visitors Programme

 

Nil

 

 

 

Nil

 

 

 

One group of Distinguished Visitor visited India
 

Chairs abroad

 

 

One

 

 

Two

 

 

Nil

 

Indian Culture Centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2007

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Deputed Yoga Teacher at Indian Consulate in Birgunj, Nepal.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

Conferences & Seminars Nil

 

Nil

 

Council awarded a fellowship
Outgoing Cultural Delegations Send Two groups for performance Send Five groups for performance  
Pakistan Incoming Cultural Delegations

 

One group visited India

 

Three groups visited India

 

Nil

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 

One Exhibition organized in India Nil Nil
Sri Lanka Scholarships

 

168 scholarship slots offered 161 scholarship slots offered 154 scholarship slots offered
 

Incoming Cultural Delegations

 

 

One group visited India

 

 

Two groups visited India

 

 

One group visited India

 

Chairs abroad

 

Two

 

Two

 

Three

 

Indian Culture Centre

 

 

 

 

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 1988 Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010

 

Continued regular teaching and other cultural activities in the field of Indian Music, Dance and Yoga by the Centre which was established in 2010.

Celebration of International Day of Yoga 2015.

Conferences & Seminars Sponsored one visit to participate in Regional Seminar Nil

 

 

Sponsored one visit to participate in International Seminar
Outgoing Cultural Delegations Send One group for performance

 

Send Two groups for performance  

Source Ministry of External Affairs 24-February, 2016

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