Culture Minister holds virtual meeting with her Indian counterpartSociety
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ Minister of Culture Ch.Nomin held a virtual meeting with Minister of State for Culture and Tourism of India Prahlad Singh Patel, discussing various issues under Cultural Exchange Program between the two countries, and other areas of common interest.
Mr. Prahlad Sigh Patel said that the Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) between India and Mongolia stands renewed until 2023, and that cooperation under specific areas would be discussed in detailed meetings between senior officers of the Culture Ministries of India and Mongolia. It was also emphasized that India’s historical connect and convergence in Buddhism with Mongolia forms the basis of our deep, spiritual friendship.
Minister Ch.Nomin took the opportunity to express solidarity of Mongolia with India and Indian people in their fight against Covid pandemic.
The Indian Minister stated that to further consolidate our shared legacy, 10 dedicated ICCR scholarships for studying ‘Tibetan Buddhism’ have been allocated for Mongolians to study in specialized institutes of CIBS, Leh and CUTS, Varanasi, starting from 2020-2021.
Mr. Shri Patel reiterated India's commitment for digitization of Buddhist manuscripts in Gandantegchinlen monastery and said India would consider Mongolia’s request for assistance in setting up a museum-cum-library there. He further stated that Ministry of Culture is likely to complete reprinting of about 100 sets of sacred Mongolian Kanjur (108 volumes each) by next year for distribution in the main centers of Buddhism in Mongolia. He also explained the steps taken by Government of India to facilitate visa and travel of Buddhist monks from Mongolia within India.
Both sides expressed deep satisfaction at the strong cultural bonds and spiritual connection that has been developed between the two countries and reaffirmed their commitment to take forward the mutual cooperation as soon as the situation of COVID eases in the two countries.