Govt Steps for strengthening cultural relations with other countries

By | February 25, 2016
(Last Updated On: 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 CountryActivities with neighbouring  countryYear 2013-14Year 2014-15Year 2015-16
 

 

Afghanistan

Scholarship slots offered100010001000
Incoming Cultural Delegations

 

One group visited IndiaThree groups visited IndiaOne group visited India

 

Yoga related activities  International Day of Yoga 2015 was celebrated.
 

 

Bangladesh

Scholarship slots offered232232232
Incoming Cultural DelegationsThree groups visited IndiaThree groups visited IndiaOne group visited India
Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition display in BhutanNil

 

Nil

 

Chairs abroadTwoTwoTwo
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 & SeminarsOne Conference organized in IndiaNil

 

Nil

 

Outgoing Cultural DelegationsNilSend Two groups for performance 
BhutanScholarships202520
Incoming Cultural DelegationsOne group visited IndiaThree groups visited IndiaOne group visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition display in BhutanOne Exhibition display in BhutanNil
Distinguished

Visitors Programme

Two groups of Distinguished Visitor visited IndiaNilOne 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 & SeminarsOne Bhutan Festival organized in IndiaNilTwo Bhutan Festival organized in India
Outgoing Cultural DelegationsSend One group for performanceSend Six groups for performance 
 

 

China

Incoming Cultural DelegationsOne group visited India

 

NilTwo groups visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

One Exhibition organized in IndiaOne Exhibition organized in IndiaOne Exhibition display in China
Chairs abroadTwoFiveFour
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 & SeminarsTwo visitors sponsored to attend Conferences in ChinaNilOne visitor sponsored to attend Conferences in India

 

MaldivesScholarship slots offer per annum373737
Incoming Cultural DelegationsOne group visited IndiaOne group visited IndiaOne group visited India

 

Exhibitions

 

Nil

 

One Exhibition displayed in MaldivesNil

 

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 DelegationsSend One group for performanceSend One group for performance

 

 
MyanmarScholarship slots offered per annum.161616
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.

 

NepalScholarships

 

 

124 scholarship slots offered

 

139 scholarship slots offered

 

135 scholarship slots offered

 

Incoming Cultural DelegationsOne group visited India

 

Two groups visited IndiaNil

 

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 & SeminarsNil

 

Nil

 

Council awarded a fellowship
Outgoing Cultural DelegationsSend Two groups for performanceSend Five groups for performance 
PakistanIncoming Cultural Delegations

 

One group visited India

 

Three groups visited India

 

Nil

 

 

Exhibitions

 

 

One Exhibition organized in IndiaNilNil
Sri LankaScholarships

 

168 scholarship slots offered161 scholarship slots offered154 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 1988Continued 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 & SeminarsSponsored one visit to participate in Regional SeminarNil

 

 

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

 

Send Two groups for performance 

Source Ministry of External Affairs 24-February, 2016

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