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Indian High Commission hosts send-off reception for new batch of ICCR scholars

  • Diplomatic Correspondent
  • 30th September, 2021 07:20:38 PM
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The High Commission of India, Dhaka hosted a get-together to bid farewell and wish success to Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholars on September 30, 2021, at the Chancery premises.

Around 65 awardees, representing the nearly 300 selected scholars across Bangladesh attended the event.

 The nearly 300 students selected across Bangladesh for ICCR scholarship for higher studies in prestigious educational institutions in India, include 170 students from Dhaka, 32 from Chittagong, 22 from Rajshahi, 20 from Sylhet and 16 from Khulna. 

Engineering courses attracted the maximum numbers, followed by Sciences, Social Sciences and Dance and Culture. Among those that qualified, around 74 percent were men, and, 26 percent women, said a press release the High Commission of India on Thursday.

These  students  coming  from  varied  backgrounds  will  now  study  at  premier educational  institutes  in  different  regions  of  India. 

Through  this,  they  will  also experience  the  diversity  of  India’s  different  regions,  through  contact  with  different cultures and traditions prevailing in those regions.

These young talented minds, after their successful academic pursuits, would go on to become leaders in Bangladesh’s progress in all fields, especially culture, economics, science and technology.   

High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram K. Doraiswami interacted with the ICCR batch of 2021-22, during the event.

The High Commissioner also narrated anecdotes from his professional experience to encourage students to adapt to their new life in a familiar, yet foreign country. He also took questions from the the young students, who are at the cusp of a new academic journey in their career.

Other  senior  officers  of  the  Mission  also  motivated  and  encouraged  the  students. ICCR  Alumni  from  different  walks  of  life  in  Bangladesh,  present  on  the  occasion, shared their experiences of studying in India, and offered their guidance, advice and good wishes to the younger generation of scholars. 

ICCR is a flagship programme of Government of India for meritorious Bangladeshi nationals to pursue various courses in India at Undregraduate, Postgraduate and PhD levels. The scholarships have been extremely popular in Bangladesh and over the years,  more  than  4,000  Bangladeshi  nationals  have  availed  these  scholarships  to study at the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT), National Institutes of Technology (NIT), Delhi University, JNU, National Law School, Rabindra Bharati University, etc.

Some of the famous ICCR alumni include well-known Rabindra Sangeet exponent - Rezwana Chowdhury Bannya, Vice-Chancellor - Dalem Chandra Barman, Dean of Fine Arts in Dhaka University - Professor Nisar Hossain, famous cartoonist - Shishir Bhattacharjee, among others.