Published:  12:00 AM, 20 March 2017

Indian Cultural Relations Day program today

The High Commission of India, Dhaka is pleased will commemorate Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Prog-ram and Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) Day from 1630 hrs to 1830 hrs at the Muktijodhha Memorial Hall, IDEB Bhavan in the city's Kakrail Road today (March 20).

Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal will grace the occasion as the chief guest. The ITEC Program was instituted in 1964 as part of India's Develo-pment Assistance Program within the framework of the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and the South-South cooperative strategy, offering developing countries the benefit of India's development experience and appropriate technologies.

Every year more than 10,000 training slots are offered to 161 partner countries for training courses in various areas like Accounts, Audit, Management, SME, Rural Development, Parliam-entary Affairs, etc. Over 2,600 young Bangladeshi professionals have undergone such specialized short and medium term courses in India under the ITEC program since 2007.

Since 1972, the Government of India has been offering academic scholarships to students from Bangladesh through the Indian Council for Cultural relations (ICCR). These ICCR scholarships are granted at all levels (from undergraduate to post doctoral levels) in all disciplines, except medicine. So far, over 3,000 meritorious Bangladeshi students have been granted ICCR Scholarships to study in India. They are all well established in their chosen fields in Bangladesh and beyond.

 Around 500 ITEC and ICCR alumni from all walks of life, besides distinguished guests, are expected to attend the ITEC & ICCR Day on March 20, 2017.

A short cultural program will also be presented on the occasion by ICCR alumni. This will include folk songs by Monira Islam Pappu; Rabindra Sangeet by Rezwana Choudhury Bonnya and a dance theatre, 'Anamika Sagarkanya' by Puja Sengupta and her Turongomi Dance Repertory Theatre.

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