Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR)

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News:The Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is celebrating its 70th Foundation Day.

Facts:

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations(ICCR) is an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Ministry of External Affairs.
  • It was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad who was the first Education Minister of independent India.
  • Objectives: a) formulate and implement policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations b) strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries and c) promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people and to develop relations with nations.
  • ICCR has also been assigned the responsibility of facilitating the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by Indian Missions/Posts abroad since 2015.