ICCR will offer online courses on Indian epics, Vedas, art and heritage

New Delhi

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations will soon launch online courses, a spring to spread Indian traditional knowledge, about its art, architecture, timeless epics and Vedas, among the global community. They will also launch a dedicated portal for the same in April. ICCR President Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said this on Monday.

Addressing a press conference in Azad Bhawan to share details of plans by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to hold celebrations under the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, he also said that a craft fair of three-day “Coalescence” will be held in the city from February 23-25, where artists and artisans from 11 states will showcase traditional art forms.

The MEA has already organized events like the “GenNext Democracy Network Programme” (in November 2021) and many other programs are planned as part of the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” celebrations, to which delegates from various democratic countries have been invited, did he declare. .

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Due to COVID-19, the schedule has been impacted, but by early April the situation should improve, he said. During the ongoing celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s independence, “We will also be launching the Universalization of Indian Traditional Knowledge System or UTIKS, under which people living in foreign countries will be able to learn more about traditional knowledge of our country through courses and enjoy our art, culture and epics like Mahabharata and Ramayana,” said Sahasrabuddhe.

Asked about the courses to be offered, Sahasrabuddhe, also a member of Rajya Sabha, said: “It will be our own way of running an edX or a Coursera on Indian traditional knowledge.” “There will be short and long-term online courses, ranging from four hours to 40 hours, on Indian culture. The academic partner of this program is Savitribai Phule Pune University, he added. “Other institutions may join us later, but to start with, Savitribai Phule Pune University is our partner. This permanent course is open to everyone, with no age limit or other.

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Karen O. Fielding