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Indian National Commission for Co-Operation with UNESCO

India has been a member of the United Nations' Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) (External website that opens in a new window) since 1946. The Government set up an interim Indian National Commission for Co-operation with UNESCO (INCCU) (External website that opens in a new window) in 1949, which was later put on a permanent footing in 1951. The Commission consists of five Sub-Commissions namely, Education, Natural Science, Social Sciences, Culture and Communication.

The main objective of the Commission is to advise the Government in matters falling in the domain of UNESCO and to play a role in UNESCO's work, particularly in the formulation and execution of its programmes. The Minister for Human Resource Development is the President of the Commission and the Secretary of the Government of India in the Department of Secondary and Higher Education is its Secretary General. The membership of the Commission is of two categories;

  • Individual and
  • Institutional members distributed among its five Sub-Commissions.

The National Commission acts as an advisory, coordinating and liaison agency at the national level in respect of all matters within the competence of UNESCO. It also collaborates with the National Commissions of the Region and with UNESCO’s Regional Offices, for fostering regional, sub-regional and bilateral co-operation in education, science, culture and information.

Source: National Portal Content Management Team, Reviewed on: 19-01-2011