4th Special course for Bangladeshi Diplomats is being held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the Ministry of External Affairs of India from 9 - 22 December 2019. 22 young diplomats from Bangladesh are participating in this course. They are being accompanied by Amb. Syed Masud Mahmood Khundoker, Rector, Foreign Service Academy (FSA), Dhaka and Mr. Toufiq Islam Shatil, Director General, Foreign Service Academy, Dhaka.
The Special Course commenced on 9 December with a study tour to Kolkata. Amb. J.S. Mukul, Dean (FSI) will host a welcome reception for the participating diplomats on 15 December 2019 at New Delhi.
The Special Course will include modules on India’s Foreign Policy, India-Bangladesh relations, India at the UN, Indo-Pacific, tourism, India’s Political system, cultural diplomacy and soft power projection. The diplomat trainees will also visit the Rashtrapati Bhawan and the Election Commission of India and undertake study tours to experience the rich cultural heritage of India.
FSI of India and FSA of Bangladesh have a bilateral cooperation MoU since 10 February 2013. To-date, 94 Bangladeshi diplomats have trained at FSI.
India-Bangladesh bilateral relations are growing from strength to strength. Our Prime Minister aptly describes it as a ‘sonali adhyaya’ in our bilateral relationship. Today, India-Bangladesh bilateral relations are considered as role model of good neighbourly relations. Frequent exchanges between the two Prime Ministers indicate the intensity of our bilateral relations. The recent discussions of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina with Prime Minister Modi during the former’s visit to India in October 2019 gave a further fillip to our bilateral ties.