10 April 2019
As part of celebrating India’s cultural heritage in Myanmar, the Embassy of India in Yangon celebrated the Foundation Day of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) on Tuesday evening.
The ICCR was founded on the 9th of April 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, the Independent India’s first Education Minister.
Its objectives are active participation 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.
Under the initiative “Know India” by the Government of India, many people from Myanmar got an opportunity to visit India and students got to apply for post graduate and research studies in India through ICCR.
The ceremony on ICCR foundation day was opened with lighting of lamp, followed by the opening speech of Ambassador of India to Myanmar Mr. Shri Saurabh Kumar.
Ambassador, Embassy of India (Myanmar), H.E. Shri Saurabh Kumar said “Amongst the various efforts that the council has been working, I think the most important perhaps has been the scholarship scheme which the council has run over the years. Under this scheme 700,000 and more students from the developing countries had the opportunity to have good education in India and then went back to their countries to pursue good carriers getting fond memories of our countries and had been an instrument of promoting India’s relationship with these particular countries from where they have come.”
Varity of prgrammes were performed at the event including dance from different states of India like Jammu and Kashmir, folk song and fashion show which showcased traditional costumes from 12 different states of India.
The chief guest Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs and Culture U Kyi Min also attended the celebration and gave a speech.
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Religious Affairs and Culture, H.E. Kyi Min said “India and Myanmar has a lot in common in aspects such as culture, customs, tradition, will of life especially our share of belief in Buddhism. The two countries have been in peace through many kinds of operations. Therefore, it is important and we should promote environment interaction and cooperation between our people for the development and prosperity of the two nations.”
About 300 guests including diplomatic corps, Indian communities and media attended the event.