Professor Sunaina Singh, Vice Chancellor, The English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad has been unanimously elected to the prestigious office of Vice President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi for a period of three years.
ICCR President Prof Lokesh Chandra conducted the General assembly and the Governing Board meetings. The ICCR Constitution provides for three Vice Presidents out of whom two are elected by the General assembly. Prabhat Shukla, former Ambassador is the other dignitary who was elected as Vice President. Dr Jai Shankar, Foreign Secretary to the Government of India is ex-officio third Vice President of the Council.
The Indian Council for Cultural Relations is a body functioning under the aegis of the Ministry of External Affairs of the Government of India and its mandate includes participation in the formulation and implementation of policies and programs relating to India’s External Cultural relations and to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries.
Prof Sunaina Singh’s election adds another feather to her illustrious career as an academic and as one of the few woman Vice Chancellors of a Central University in India today. She is the first and only Indian woman to have headed the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organization and has rich experience of academic administration at both the national as well as at the international levels.