MAULANA AZAD CENTRE FOR INDIAN CULTURE
Cultural exchanges between the two countries have existed since time immemorial and with the setting up of the Maulana Azad Centre for Indian Culture (MACIC) in Cairo in 1992 as part of the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP), the spirit of that cultural exchange has seen an institutional embodiment. MACIC was set up in Cairo in 1992 to promote cultural cooperation between the two countries, through the implementation of the Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP).
The Centre, in addition to popularizing Indian culture through Hindi, Urdu and Yoga classes and the screening of movies, also organizes cultural festivals such as the “Days of Indian Culture” and the Indian Cultural Week which was held in Egypt in November 2008 and September-October 2010 respectively. India was the Guest Country of Honour at the Cairo International Film Festival (ClFF) in November 2009. As part of the celebrations for 150th Birth Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore, a number of programmes were organized in 2011-12 including lectures, literary seminars, exhibitions from India, performances of Rabindra Sangeet and Tagore dance dramas by top Indian performers, in Cairo and a number of other governorates. In March 2012, a portrait of Tagore was unveiled at the House of Poetry by the EAM and the Egyptian Minister of Culture. During the visit, a new CEP was also signed.
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958), a distinguished scholar, educationist and statesman, was the first Education Minister of India and Founder-President of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. With Mahatma Gandhi and Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Maulana Azad fought for India’s freedom. A symbol of the pluralistic and secular ethos of India, Abul Kalam Azad laid the basis for independent India’s educational and cultural policies and contributed significantly to the foundation of centres of scientific and cultural methods of inquiry. He made a significant contribution to Islamic studies and wrote a brilliant commentary of the Quran “Tarjuman Al-Quran”. Maulana Azad had a special interest in cultural exchanges with other civilisations and nations. He founded the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and encouraged cultural cooperation between Asia and Africa. He visited Egypt and had a special affinity for Egypt’s great civilisation. It is in recognition of Maulana Azad’s special contribution to culture and his affection for Egypt that the Centre of Indian Culture in the Arab world has been named after him.)
Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was established as the Cultural arm of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, and formally inaugurated in April 1950 with the primary objective of establishing, reviving and strengthening cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.
Among ICCR’s objectives are:
To participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes relating to India’s external cultural relations. To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.
To promote cultural exchange with other countries and people. To establish and develop relations with national and international organisations in the field of culture.
The major activities of the Council include:
Administration of scholarship schemes on behalf of the Government of India for international students;
the Cultural Exchange Programme between India and Egypt provides for exchange in the fields of education and science, arts and culture, mass-media, social affairs, health, tourism, youth and sports, man-power. The scholarship programme for the year 1999-2000, offers to Egyptian nationals, by the Government of India, 11 scholarships for Post-Graduate studies at Indian Universities.
Apart from the scholarship programme, the general welfare of all international students, scholarship holders as well as self-financing students, is also a part of ICCR mandate. In pursuance of this, the Council organised various activities throughout the year to familiarise the international students with the political, economic, social and cultural milieu of the India, besides helping them make friends through shared experiences.
Exchange of scholars, academicians, opinion-makers, artists and writers; exchange of performing arts groups; exchange of exhibitions; presentation of books, musical instruments; maintaining Indian Cultural Centres abroad and supporting special bilateral programmes; establishing and maintaining chairs and professorships for Indian studies abroad, etc.
MACIC offers a number of activities: (1) Arts (Film Shows, Book and Photo Exhibitions, Music and Dance performances, etc.); (2) Studies (Library, Lectures, Seminars, Indian Cuisine classes, Urdu and Hindi Classes, and Yoga Classes.
Glimpses of India “Painting Competition 2016” [Coming Soon]
Glimpses of India “Painting Competition 2015”
Glimpses of India “Painting Competition 2014”
Facilities at MACIC
Scholarships for studying in India
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