The flagship Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats (PCFD), held twice a year in spring and autumn, is of four weeks’ duration and has 50 diplomats represented from 50 different countries. The 1st PCFD was held in 1992 and so far, 69 editions of this Programme have been held.
RATIONALE: One of the core principles of India’s Foreign Policy has been to work towards building a peaceful, secure and stable world, particularly through forging mutually beneficial relationships with developing countries. Professional Course for Foreign Diplomats (PCFD) affirms the commitment of India to its friendly countries in sharing the knowledge and expertise acquired in the field of diplomats’ training.
COURSE METHODOLOGY: Adapted training approach for PCFD is traditional, relying on methods like lecture, group discussion, exercise, case studies, field visits and study tour.
Diplomacy & International Issues
Skills Development Topics
Institutional Visits in Delhi
Besides lectures, and interactive sessions, the curriculum includes visits to various important cultural and historical sites in Delhi and institutions/establishments like Indian Council for Cultural Relations, national Museum, National Handicrafts Museum, Research and Information System, Bureau of Parliamentary Studies and Training Confederation of Indian Industry, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, Hero Hoda, HCL etc.
India is a country of continental dimensions with its different people, innumerable languages and dialects as well as varied customs and traditions. One of the highlights of the course is he study tour to one or two centers of economic, industrial and cultural important outside Delhi to expose the participants to the diversity of the country and provide them an opportunity to see the country's achievements and capabilities in various fields of endeavour, In the last few courses, participants have visited various cities such as Goa, Thiruvandnthapuram (Trivandrum), Bangalore, Hyderabad etc, in the western and southern parts of India. A sight-seeing visit to Agra is organized over one of the weekends,. Agra, with its magnificent fort and the world famous Taj Mahal provides an opportunity to see the celebrated Mughal style of architecture
DURATION: One Month
ELIGIBILITY: Young diplomats with 3 years of working experience from friendly countries.