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Asia and the Pacific

Indian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO
General Information
English NameIndian National Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO
French NameCommission nationale indienne de coopération avec l'UNESCO

Ministry of Human Resource Development
Department of Secondary and Higher Education
Government of India
Shastri Bhavan
New Delhi 110 001

Phone(91.11) 23 78 26 98 (President);
(91.11) 23 38 64 51 (SG)
(91.11) 23 38 26 98
Fax(91.11) 23 78 20 28 (President);
(91.11) 23 38 58 07
(91.11) 23 38 13 55
E-mailsecy.dhe@nic.in (SG); inc.edu@nic.in ; unesco.edu@nic.In
National Commissions Web site on unesco.orghttp://www.education.nic.in
Correspondence LanguageENGLISH
Office Holders
NameH.E. Shri Prakash Javadekar
TitleMinister of Human Resource Development
Election DateJuly 2016
Mandated duration
StartedJuly 2016

NameMr. R. Subrahmanyam
Election Date11/12/2018
Mandated duration
StartedDecember 2018

NameDr N. Saravana Kumar
TitleDeputy Secretary-General
Election DateOctober 2017
Mandated duration
StartedOctober 2017

Date and Method of CreationMarch 1949
StatusGovernmental (1 Ministry)
Department attached toThe Department of Secondary Education & Higher Education, Ministry of Human Resource Develoment.
Legislation DatesThe judicial text was accepted16/10/1951 and last revised 24/11/1981
LegislationThe Constitution of the Indian Commission was approved in 1951 and was modified in 1981 and in 1988.
Documentation CentreThe Documentation Centre of the Commission holds 10 000 UNESCO publications and 8500 titles issued by Ministries or national institutions. The Centre welcomes some 3000 visitors each year, including Government officials, researchers, students, journalists and the general public at large.
Structure of the CommissionThe National Commission meets in Plenary at least once every two years. It consists of the following bodies:
- The General Assembly, which meets at least once every two years;
- Five Sub-Commissions
- The Secretariat.
Members/CompositionThe National Commission is composed of 50 institutional and 50 individual members representing governmental departments, Ministries and institutions specialized in the fields of UNESCO’s competence, as well as representatives of NGO’s, parliamentarians and prominent personalities from the scientific, cultural, education and communication circles.
Committees or Sub-CommitteesFive Sub-Commissions : (1) Education; (2) Communications; (3) Culture; (4) Natural Sciences; and (5) Social Sciences. Each Sub-Commission, comprises 20 members, and meets when required.
Committees/Sub-Committees Details
Number of Committees or Sub-Committees5
Sub-committee Topics[X] Education
[X] Science
[X] Social Sciences
[X] Culture
[X] Communication
Interaction with UNESCO and National Commissions
OverviewThe National Commission collaborates with its counterparts of Asia and the Pacific (in particular: Bhutan, Bangladesh, China, Japan, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Sri Lanka). The Indian National Commission also maintains sound working relations with the UNESCO Field Offices of New Delhi and Bangkok, which provide it with technical support so to carry out programme and activities on mutual basis.