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NOIDA: The ministry of exterior affairs (MEA) has tied up with Gautam Buddha University (GBU) to conduct a three-day course for Asean international locations on India’s Buddhist heritage. The course – ‘Engaged Buddhism: A joint method ahead for India and ASEAN’ – is supposed for diplomats, civil servants and lecturers in Asean, officers mentioned.
This is the primary time the MEA has joined fingers with a college to conduct such a course for neighbouring nations. Sources mentioned a number of international locations had signed up for the three-day course from March Four-6, organised on a digital platform underneath the Centre’s Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation programme.
The Buddhism research division of GBU can be accountable for the course. “The course is on India’s Buddhist heritage. Worldwide, Buddhist diplomacy and smooth energy is being deeply studied. The Buddhist discourse is the true path of Asian diplomacy and customary floor for worldwide dialogue,” mentioned Arvind Singh of the Buddhist research division who’s coordinating the course. “The Buddhist religion, attributable to its emphasis on peaceable coexistence and its vast panAsian presence, lends itself effectively to soft-power diplomacy.
This is the core of the threeday course we’re providing by way of ITEC,” Singh added. An MEA official mentioned, “Formerly, other institutes have supported us in conducting similar courses.” Explaining that this was a part of India’s overseas coverage initiative to deepen diplomatic, financial, cultural and strategic associations, the official added, “Today, 97% of the world’s Buddhist population lives in the Asian continent, and a number of (Asean) countries conceive of Buddhism as intrinsic to their national values andidentity.”
India embraced Buddhism as an attribute of its smooth energy because it appeared that China, which took Buddhism from India, had been making an attempt to nook the market on Buddhism diplomacy.
In the previous decade not less than, India has elevated tourism for Buddhist pilgrims, making a Buddhism tourism circuit, typically in collaboration with Nepal or Sri Lanka. Last week, India opened a global airport in Kushinagar so as to add to the Buddhist circuit.


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