INDIAN COUNCIL FOR CULTURAL RELATIONS
                                 ADMN SECTION

a)       The Name of the organization is “Indian Council for Cultural Relations”

         The aims and objectives of the Council are as under:
        To participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating
         to India’s External Cultural Relations;
        To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and
         other countries;
        To promote cultural exchange with other countries and peoples;
        to establish and develop relations with national and international organizations in the
         field of culture;
        To take such measures as may be required to further these objectives.

b)       The major functions of the Council include:
        Administration of scholarship schemes for overseas students on behalf of the
         Government of India and other agencies, and to supervise the welfare of international
        Grant of scholarships to foreign students to learn Indian dance and music;
        Exchange of Exhibitions;
        Organization of and participation in international seminars and symposia;
        Participation in major cultural festivals abroad;
        Organization of 'Festivals of India' abroad;
        Exchange of groups of performing artistes;
        Organization of lecture-demonstrations by performing artistes abroad;
        To maintain the 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;
        To establish and maintain Chairs for Indian Studies in universities abroad;
        Presentation of books, audio-visual material, art objects and musical instruments to
         institutions abroad;
        To provide the Secretariat for the Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International
         Understanding; Organization of the annual Maulana Azad Memorial Lecture and the
         Maulana Azad Essay Competition;
        The publication of books and journals for distribution in India and abroad;
        The Maintenance of Indian Cultural Centres abroad;
        The maintenance of a well-stocked library and the manuscripts of Maulana Abul Kalam
        The digitization of rare manuscripts;
        Awarding of Library Fellowships, and;
        To undertake projects on behalf of the Ministry of External Affairs;
        The activities of the Council are decided and approved by its Governing Body.

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