Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)



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




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