Language Friendship Bridge Project

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Recently, the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has envisaged a special project called ‘The Language Friendship Bridge’ to expand India’s cultural footprint in nations with whom it has historical ties.

About Language Friendship Bridge Project:

  • India is planning to create a pool of experts in languages spoken in countries like Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Indonesia to facilitate better people-to-people exchanges.
  • It plans to train five to 10 people in the official languages of each of these countries.
  • As of now, the ICCR has zeroed in on 10 languages: Kazakh, Uzbek, Bhutanese, Ghoti (spoken in Tibet), Burmese, Khmer (spoken in Cambodia), Thai, Sinhalese and Bahasa (spoken in both Indonesia and Malaysia).

Key facts about the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

  • The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.
  • Objectives
    • To actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations.
    • To foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries
    • To promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people, and to develop relations with nations.


Q1) What is a language?

It is a complex system of communication that enables humans to convey ideas, thoughts, and emotions through a set of symbols and rules. It is a structured system of sounds, words, and grammar that allows people to communicate with each other and express themselves.

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