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Government of India
Ministry of External Affairs
24-February-2016 18:32 IST
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

LOK SABHA

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

 

 

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YSK