Celebration of ICCR Foundation Day, 9th April, 2019- Opening Remarks by Ambassador R.Masakui
Guest of Honour Ms. R.Muguti, Director, Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am delighted to welcome you all to this important day-celebrating the Foundation Day of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). ICCR was founded in 1950 with the objective of fostering and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries and to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people.
Over the years, through this cross fertilization of ideas, ideals and cultures, we have not only fostered the goal of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam, the world as a family, but we have also created a cadre of ICCR alumni who are infused with the same spirit of enlightened globalization.
In the Vedic time Indian Rishis (sages) were not only the embodiment of wisdom. They were in fact institutions disseminating knowledge among their followers and disciples. Post-Vedic period showed the emergence of number of institutions of world repute.
Alumnus of Indian centers of learning - Megasthenes to Hiuen Tsang, Fa Hien, Hyecho and Al-Barauni not only spread Indian knowledge system all over the world, but they are also remembered for their contributions towards the development of human civilization.
I am happy that India continues to be a centre for learning. We host thousands of students from 160 countries including Zimbabwe in our educational and research institutions. Many of them come on ICCR scholarships.
And many more students who were once on ICCR scholarships in India are also holding some very important, prestigious positions in their respective countries and even internationally. When we see them excelling in their fields, it gives us immense pleasure, which also evokes an instant connection and a sense of belonging and affinity with them.
We are happy that ICCR has decided to mark this day, the 9th April to celebrate this connection and honour its alumni. It is my sincere hope that you will continue to remain Ambassadors of India and act as a bridge to connect these two beautiful and friendly countries.