India and Bangladesh have signed a Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP) for the years 2010-2012 to promote cooperation in the fields of art & culture, youth affairs & sports and mass media. The CEP was signed here by the Secretary, Union Ministry of Culture Shri Jawhar Sircar and Foreign Secretary of Bangladesh Mohamed Mijarul Quayes during the visit of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh Ms. Sheikh Hasina.
According to the CEP, among other things, both sides will exchange the visits of scholars/academicians in the field of art, culture and literature and also dance, music, theatre, Jatra groups, art exhibitions, mime shows, performing art groups, exhibitions and other cultural events to meet the local demands for exposure to each others rich cultural tradition.
India will invite Bangladesh to participate in the Trienniel-India and Bangladesh will invite India to participate in the Asian Art Bienniale on reciprocal basis. Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) and the counterpart academic institutions or museums of Bangladesh will exchange one scholar each to identify areas of collaborations. Both sides will exchange experts performances and students in the field of theatre. They will also exchange library personnel on reciprocal basis between the National Library of India and the libraries and institutions of Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange reading materials, including books and micro films between the National Library of India and the department of Public Library in Bangladesh. Both sides will exchange handicraft exhibitions on reciprocal basis with 3-4 craft persons for live demonstration in each otherís country.
India will send two officials of the Archaeological Survey of India to Bangladesh for a study cum lecture tour and in return will receive two officers of the Bangladesh Department of Archaeology and Museums for a similar purpose. ASI shall assist in giving any expertise required by any Archaeological Surveys that Bangladesh may require to undertake.
Both sides will exchange writers in the field of culture. Sahitya Academy will publish an anthology of poetry from Bangladesh and Bangladesh may take up an anthology of poetry from India.
Both sides will exchange childrenís paintings, dolls, books and works of creative arts. India will invite the children of Bangladesh to participate in the Shankarís International Childrenís Competition.
Both sides will exchange rare publications which are not otherwise available in the open market to enrich the libraries of both the countries.
The Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad will facilitate the exchange of publications, catalogues etc. on reciprocal basis. Both sides will exchange one senior science center/ museum professional for two weeks each.
The CEP envisages for both sides to share the experiences in the field of sports and explore the possibilities of exchanging sports teams/coaches/sports administrators in diverse disciplines.
On mass media front both sides will exchange programmes through their respective radio and TV organizations and will provide facilities for visiting radio and TV persons in each otherís country associated with the development of broadcasting/telecasting. They have also agreed to exchange two journalists each including inter-alia those engaged in dissemination of Government information. Both sides will participate in each otherís International Film Festival for documentary, short and animation films with their participants. Both sides will organize Film Weeks in each otherís country, among other things.