India Arab Cultural Centre (IACC), the first ever of its kind in India aims to rejuvenate age old, time tested civilisational ties between India and the Arab world and to foster dialogue and collaboration between the two great civilisations on vital issues. The Centre’s GulfStudiesProgrammeisa dedicated research unit for generation and dissemination of knowledge on the Gulf history, polity, economy, society, culture and Indo-Gulf relations. The Centre has a core group of Arabists and experts on the Arab world and on Indo-Arab civilisational ties. It runs a Ph.D. programme in Gulf Studies. It also runs a PG Diploma course in Iranology.
The Centre assumes significance in Track Two and Cultural Diplomacy through robust exchange of ideas with the Arab intellectuals, academicians, diplomats and other dignitaries through regular seminars, conferences and workshop organized in the Centre and in the Gulf and other places.IACC has participated in important dialogues and projects between India and the Arab countries in general and Gulf countries in particular. A number of important Arab and Indian institutions and organizations have established linkages and are collaborating with IACC in spearheading the India-Arab civilizational dialogue. IACC has been designated by the King Abdul Aziz Foundation as the nodal agency for research activities on the Arabian Peninsula in South Asia and for compiling Encyclopedia on Hajj.
The Centre has a multifaceted Cultural and Literary Exchange programmes with a number of cultural organizations and universities of the Arab world. The Centre translates work of famous Indian and Arab authors in Arabic and Indian languages and publish them in collaboration with a number of Arab organisations and institutions. The Centre brings out a prestigious Arabic Quarterly Journal "Thaqafatul Hind" on the Indian art, literature and culture. It exhibits its publications by participating in national and international book fairs. It also organizes book fairs to display its publications and rare collection of material on Arab Gulf history, polity, economy, society, culture and India Arab relations.
State-of-the Art Facilities
- Exclusively dedicated building: The building of India Arab Cultural Centre "Imarat Ibn Khaldun , named after the famous Arab intellectual and historian symbolizes Indo-Arab cultural synthesis.
- Library: Its Library is a national resource centre on Arab studies. The audio-visual include Arab films, theatre productions and music. The literary sources comprise valuable collection of rare Arabic material like travelogues, monologue, documents of Arab history, polity, economy, society, culture and Indo-Arab relations.
- Conference room and Seminar Hall: Equipped with State of Art sound and reprographic equipments.
- Art Gallery: For exhibitions of Arab art and culture, Indo Arab cultural synthesis and India-Arab diplomatic relations.
- ICT enabled class rooms