The Minister said that ICCR is also collaborating with various foreign organizations to promote Indian culture and implement cultural exchange activities.
Minister of Foreign Affairs S Jaishankar (source: Wikimedia Commons)
NEW DELHI: To promote the culture, intellectual and academic activities of India, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) offers more than 3,500 scholarships per year, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said Thursday.
Responding to a question during Question Time to Rajya Sabha, Jaishankar said ICCR’s programs which include dance, music, performing arts, fine arts, yoga and language teaching like Hindi, Sanskrit, Tamil and Bengal aim to promote the intellectual and academic activities of India.
“The ICCR offers more than 3,500 scholarships per year and organizes various conferences / seminars and intellectual speeches. ICCR offers a wide range of visual and performing arts exchange programs and annually sends more than 150 cultural troupes to perform abroad, ”he said.
ICCR’s activities are a continuation of ongoing and regular activities as well as many new initiatives and special activities.
ICCR has 38 cultural centers in 36 countries, he said, adding that in addition, it also operates cultural centers under the public-private partnership (PPP) model in Valladolid, Spain, and Busan. , in South Korea.
ICCR is working with the Ministry of Culture to carry out activities under the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) signed with different countries, Jaishankar said.
He said that ICCR is also collaborating with various foreign organizations to promote Indian culture and implement cultural exchange activities. An annual budget of Rs 250 crore has been allocated to the ICCR for the year 2019-2020, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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