As part of its efforts to foster & strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries, ICCR administers a “Distinguished Visitors Programme” under which the Council facilitates visits to India by eminent scholars, intellectuals, leading representatives of think-tanks and cultural institutions, well-known personalities in the field of politics, academics, art & culture so that they may be able to interact with institutions and audiences in India.
Under the programme, the ICCR invites the guests for a period of 10 days to meet Indian leaders in their area of expertise, as well as obtain a first-hand view of developments in India. The programme typically includes a variety of sessions such as lectures, round table discussions, meetings with Ministers and senior government officials, NGO’s & intellectuals. Sightseeing to historical places and monuments is also scheduled. Full hospitality in terms of international air fares, board and lodging, transportation etc. is provided.
Some of the prominent visitors who have recently visited India under the programme include Martin Luther King Jr. (son of Martin Luther King) from United States, Prof. Alice Walker, celebrated playwright, H.E. Mr. Budimir Loncar, Special Advisor to the President of Croatia, Mr. Park Jin, Member of National Assembly of South Korea, Dr. Fareed Zakaria, eminent columnist, Ms. Samia Nkrumah, Member of Parliament and daughter of K. Nkrumah, Founder President of Ghana, Mr. Al Chung-Liang Huang, internationally-acclaimed Tao Ji Master, and Reverend Dr. Otis Moss Jr., theologian, pastor and civic leader from USA, HRH Princess Adelah Bint Abdullah Al-Saud, daughter of His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, visited India, along with a twelve-member delegation, Ms. Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Laureate for Peace (2011), H.E. Le Thanh Hai, Member of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, former President of Costa Rica & Nobel Laureate for Peace (1987), H.E. Dr. Ziab Bahaa-Eldin, former Dy. Prime Minister of Egypt, H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, founding President of Namibia etc.
HRH Princess Adelah Bint Abdullah Al-Saud, daughter of His Majesty King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, visited India, along with a twelve-member delegation, from 18th to 23rd September 2012 under this Programme. (386 KB)