India-Ireland Relations

4 May 2021

Curtain Hug

Science and Technology
Ireland and India signed an Agreement on cooperation in Science & Technology in 2006, achieving twenty-three joint research & development projects. The projects included nano-sciences, sustainable energy and energy-efficient technology, medical and health sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and food and agriculture sciences till 2013. Now the Minister of Science and Technology is involved in forming a new Agreement.

Education
Indian students pursuing post-graduate, doctor, and post-doctoral degrees in engineering, technology, management, Ireland have become a hub of education. More than 5000 Indian students are studying in Ireland in higher educational institutions. Eight Irish Higher Education governments awarded scholarships and a further 200 offered on an institutional basis by higher education institutions. ‘V.V. Giri' Global Excellence Full Tuition Fee Scholarships, launched by the University of Dublin(UCD), as former Indian President V.V. Giri studied law there.

Significant Universities like Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, and University College Cork have offices in India and an ICCR Chair on Politics and International Relations at Dublin City University. Furthermore, Trinity College of Ireland and Thapar University, Patiala, agreed to improve University’s standards to international levels through a joint degree program in five engineering and science disciplines. Lastly, India is one of the partner countries in the International Strategic Cooperation Award (lSCA)program. This program focuses on all of Ireland’s research-based collaborations between their Higher Education Institutions (HEls) and partner organizations.

Culture
The friendship between Rabindra Nath Tagore and the Irish poet W.B. Yeats’s led to a strong cultural relationship between the two countries. Both countries celebrated the 150th anniversary of Rabindra Nath Tagore’s (2011) and W.B. Yeats’s (2015) through commemorative events.
Moreover, in Ireland, two sculptures were installed at St. Stephens’ Green, Dublin, and Sligo.
Dublin, Cork, Mayo held a series of events to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. University College Of Dublin arranged an interactive meeting(2 Oct 2019), Trinity College and the University Of Cork (30 Oct 2019) organized the plantation of Peace Trees(4 Dec 2019). The books “Gandhi in Gujarat” and “Walk with Gandhi” were released in October 2019 in honor Of Mahatma Gandhi. Furthermore, a community art project on the occasion of India’s Independence Day, Peace Walk at
Croghan, events like an inter-faith event at St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, County Arklow in association with Fr. Michael’s charity NANDRI. On Guru Nanak Devji’s 550th anniversary in honor of Max Arthur MacAuliffe, the unveiling of a plaque took place, for translating Skih texts to English. Along with that, Christ Church, Dublin, conducted a photographic exhibition of Sikhism, and the Center for Inter-religious Dialogue, The School of Theology, Philosophy, and Music, and Dublin City University conducted an interactive lecture.
The Annual Flim Festival is quite reputed, due to the attendance of famous personalities, in Ireland. For the 10th festival, the film “Pareeksha” premiered, with special invites to celebrities Prakash Jha, Parvati Nair, and Foukiya Akhter.
Since Yoga is quite popular in Ireland, 20 counties partnered with the city council and yoga institutes to organize International Yoga Day.

Tourism
For smoother travel for Indians to UK and Ireland, the list of countries added India for the British-Ireland Visa. To boost tourist flow between Ireland and India, the Government of India extended the ETV facility to Ireland, effective 15 Aug 2015. Dublin held a Tourism Road Show called “Dekho Apna Desh” on 19 Sep 2019 involving the Minister of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, the Govt of Punjab, and Mr. Charanjit Singh Channi, and another organized by the Embassy and the India Tourism Office, London in Cork on 11 Dec 2019.