Last year, 267 ICCR scholarships were availed by Bangladeshi students

Bangladeshi students are the third-largest foreign student community in India, Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram K Doraiswami said on Friday.

Doraiswami made the comment when he inaugurated a two-day Study in India Meet 2022 along with Bangladesh Education Minister Deepu Moni in Dhaka.

“Minister Dipu Moni praised education exchanges as a means of consolidating bilateral in the next generation. HC @VDoraiswami said that Bangladeshi students are today the 3rd largest foreign student community in India,” said the Indian High Commission on Twitter.

“Study in India of @StudyInIndiaGov, ensures quality of education by selecting only top schools, helps foreign students settle-in, and provides full spectrum support for foreign students,” it added.

According to the Indian High Commission in Bangladesh website, human resource development is a key component of India’s development cooperation efforts in Bangladesh through its several ongoing training programs and scholarships.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Bangladesh last year had called for an intensified effort to share openings for education and professionalism in India, with our brethren in Bangladesh, as an initiative for the year of Golden Jubilee celebrations Bangladesh’s Liberation.

In this light, 1000 Suborno Jayanti Scholarships (SJS) for students (ICCR: 500 seats) and officials (ITEC: 500 seats) of Bangladesh were announced.

These scholarships aim to attract the best and brightest talents and provide important opportunity to promote synergies between India and Bangladesh under India’s New Education Policy.

The High Commission’s website said that Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) scholarships were founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister, to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.

The Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Program was launched in 1964, with the aim to enhance sharing of knowledge and expertise for professionals in friendly countries.

Last year, i.e. Academic Year 2021-22, 267 ICCR scholarships were availed by Bangladeshi students in various fields of Engineering, Science, Arts, Law, Culture, in levels of UG, PG and PhD, in premier Govt. educational institutes of India, like IIT, NIT, NALSAR, Rabindra Bharati University etc.

There were 285 Bangladeshi professionals enrolled for e-ITEC courses in Financial Year 2021-22, since no physical courses were held due to pandemic.