New Delhi: The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) is celebrating its 70th foundation day on Thursday (April 9) adhering to the rules of the national lockdown amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year, the usual grand celebrations will be marked by undertaking various online activities in India and abroad as well. Essay competitions for international students and Indian diaspora will be held on this auspicious day. A blog space of ICCR students studying in India will also be launched and the Indian Missions abroad shall celebrate the day in their respective countries of accreditation in a befitting manner.
Speaking on the occasion, ICCR president Dr Vinay Sahasrabuddhe preached about the importance of Indian philosophy, Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam — the world is a family — a message which finds more relevance now than ever in the past. “Even in this lockdown, ICCR is conducting e-tutorials in yoga, classical dances and even Hindi and Sanskrit, and we are working with a ‘show must go on’ spirit,” added the president. A global art competition on the theme of facing the challenges of COVID-19 unitedly has already been announced.
The ICCR was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first education minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people, and to develop relations with nations.