November 12, 2017 06:44 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was established in 1950 with the primary objective of establishing, reviving and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries. It is an autonomous body under the administrative control of Ministry of External Affairs.

 One of the major activities of the Council is to look after the welfare of foreign students pursuing studies in various Universities/Colleges in the country. To achieve this aim it organizes various activities for the benefit of foreign students. Study tours and Camps are also organized during vacations, providing opportunity to the international students to visit places of cultural and scenic interest in India apart from holding social gatherings and cultural functions to mark India’s national days and festivals.

Every year the Council celebrates International Students and National Education Day Function to commemorate the birth anniversary of its founder President, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad the great scholar-statesman. The functions are held at all its regional centers and other important University centers to celebrate the day and a large number of foreign students are invited to actively participate in this function by putting up cultural manifestations reflecting their folklore and rich cultural heritage. The Council also celebrates International Students and National Education Day through Indian Embassies abroad especially in the countries which send a substantial number of foreign students.

This year the said event was organized in collaboration with the Office of Dean Foreign Students, Panjab University on Sunday at Law Auditorium, Panjab University, Sector 14, Chandigarh. Dr. Jyoti Lamba, Principal, SGGS College, Chandigarh grace the occasion as Chief Guest.

The highlights of the function was folk dances and music to be presented by international students of various countries i.e. Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Tibet, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Kazakhstan, Thailand, Ethiopia, etc.

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