ICCDR (Registered by Govt of India and UN Global Marketplace) was established to engage people of different cultures and nations in international cultural exchange programs which would connect young people from around the world with life-changing international opportunities with a sole aim of achieving global peace. ICCDR aims to promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding through international cultural education, tourism and exchange programs.
ICCDR promotes international cooperation, and to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations among various cultures, by providing opportunities to participate in professional, educational and cultural programs in India and in other countries. ICCDR focuses on Cultures because cultures speaks directly to the heart. So, culture as a powerful force that bridges across differences, brings people together, and thus underpins social cohesion and peace. But poverty, lack of education and unemployment are key underlying factors driving attacks on culture.
Dr Srinivas Eluri
At UN head quarters
Dr. Srinivas Eluri, a prominent diplomat hailing from the state of Telangana, has achieved a significant milestone on the international stage. Invited to the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA, Dr. Eluri actively participated in a crucial event—the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Conference, held from the 16th to the 24th of September 2023. This event served as a platform to emphasize and discuss the crucial role of sustainable development goals in steering global progress. Dr. Eluri’s focal points during the conference were gender equality and nuclear disarmament, pivotal aspects in promoting world peace and stability.
In the realm of global security, Dr. Srinivas Eluri passionately underlined the urgent need for a ban on nuclear weapons. The existential threat posed by these devastating instruments cannot be underestimated. He stressed that the current trajectory of nuclear proliferation presents a significant question to humanity, one that demands immediate and unified attention. His resounding call was for a collective cessation of nuclear weapon production. He implored nations to reconsider their priorities and channel their efforts towards peaceful coexistence rather than the relentless development and accumulation of these destructive arms.
Recognizing the importance of preserving this invaluable cultural wealth for future generations, the Indian Council for the Conservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage (ICCDR) was established. This organization serves as a guardian of our cultural legacy, working tirelessly to ensure that it remains intact and accessible to the generations yet to come. India boasts a diverse and vibrant cultural landscape, with a history that spans thousands of years. This cultural uniqueness encompasses a plethora of languages, art forms, rituals, festivals, and lifestyles, all of which contribute to the rich tapestry of our heritage.
The primary goal of ICCDR is to preserve and promote India’s indigenous cultural heritage. This entails safeguarding traditional practices, historical artifacts, ancient knowledge systems, and the tangible and intangible aspects of our culture. ICCDR employs various strategies, including documentation, ICCDR plays a pivotal role in recognizing and celebrating the distinctive elements of our culture and arts heritage. It organizes events, festivals, and awards ceremonies to honor artisans, performers, and cultural custodians who contribute significantly to the preservation and evolution of our cultural expressions. conservation efforts, and educational programs, to ensure the continuity of our cultural heritage.
For the Needy and Deserving
ICCDR’s commitment to preserving cultural heritage extends to supporting individuals who are both in need and demonstrate exceptional talent or dedication in the fields of culture and arts. By offering scholarships, ICCDR ensures that these individuals have the financial means to pursue their artistic endeavors and contribute to the preservation of India’s cultural wealth.
Recognition and Awards
ICCDR takes pride in acknowledging outstanding personalities who have made significant contributions to the preservation and promotion of Indian culture and arts. This recognition includes the bestowal of free honorary doctorates and international awards, which not only honor the recipients but also inspire others to excel in their respective fields. Global Cultural Festivals and Conferences: ICCDR actively connects eminent artists with international associations, enabling them to participate in global cultural festivals and conferences. These events provide a platform for artists to share their talents and traditions with a global audience, fostering cultural exchange and appreciation on an international scale.
Festivals and Conferences:
ICCDR actively connects eminent artists with international associations, enabling them to participate in global cultural festivals and conferences. These events provide a platform for artists to share their talents and traditions with a global audience, fostering cultural exchange and appreciation on an international scale. Cultural education is essential for passing down traditional knowledge and practices to future generations. ICCDR is deeply committed to promoting cultural education by offering courses and educational programs that teach the rich heritage, art forms, and traditions of India. These initiatives ensure that the cultural legacy continues to thrive.
Dr Srinivas Eluri, ICCDR Secretary General
ICCDR places a central focus on the profound significance of cultures, recognizing that culture speaks directly to the deepest recesses of the human heart. Culture serves as a potent force, transcending barriers and uniting people across diverse backgrounds, thereby serving as the bedrock for fostering social cohesion and peace. However, it is essential to acknowledge that poverty, limited access to education, and unemployment stand as critical underlying factors that pose threats to culture’s integrity.
In today’s interconnected world, urbanization and the sweeping tide of digital transformation are drawing cultures into ever-closer proximity. As a result, cultural diversity has become an inherent and vital component of societies spanning the globe. It is within this context that the concept of peacebuilding continues to evolve, encompassing a multitude of approaches and strategies. These approaches are fundamentally grounded in the pursuit of stability, the promotion of strong and resilient communities, the advancement of equality and equity, and the provision of security through non-violent means. ICCDR remains dedicated to fostering these principles, recognizing their indispensable role in shaping a harmonious and culturally enriched world.