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Belarus carries the legacy of the Indo-USSR cultural relations. Indian films, dance and music are quite popular in Belarus. Many young Belarusians have keen interest in learning Hindi and also classical dances of India. ICCR offers every year some scholarships to Belarusian students to train them in various performing arts schools and institutions in India.

The Indo-Belarus Friendship Society has many eminent Belarusians from different walks of the society.

An Indology Center has been operating at Belarus State University since December 2017. BSU students actively use educational materials and scientific literature necessary for studying the Hindi language and regional studies. The senior lecturer of the Department of Linguistics and Regional Studies of the East Ms. Anastasia Bulankova holds optional classes of the Hindi language on a regular basis. Hindi language as a "Second Eastern language" is studied at the Master’s Course "Oriental Studies" of the Faculty of Foreign Relation of BSU.

Belarus is keen in having institutionalized arrangements for exchange of sports teams and coaches. Belarus has also shown interest in establishing cooperation in joint production of feature films involving Indian and Belarusian artists. In 2020 first Bollywood movie - ‘Squad’ was shot in Belarus in association with BelarusFilm. A Belarusian Sanskrit scholar Prof. Mikhail Mikhailov wrote a book “Key to Vedas” in Russian which has also been translated into English. Another Belarusian Indophile, late Ms. Taisa Bondar had translated Saint Kabir’s verses in Russian language. In July 2016, a book 'First Mandala' of 'Rigveda' translated from Sanskrit into Belarusian language by Belarusian writer and poet Igar Kulikov was released.

With a view to encourage and promote cultural affinities, a local teacher is running classes for Indian classical and modern dances in the chancery. Similarly, Yoga classes are also being held at the Chancery. Indian cultural shows are organized by the Embassy in various towns of Belarus with the assistance of local Indian dance/cultural groups being run by ICCR scholarship alumni. The Mission also held an Indian Film Week in Minsk in the August’ 2021 and is now in discussion with other major cities to organize similar festivals there. A bust of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled by President of India on 3rd June 2015 in Belarusian State University.

There have been ongoing educational links from the Soviet days. Currently, there are 793 students from India studying in various Universities and Institutions in Belarus mostly in medicine. There could be increased possibilities in this regard by establishing institutional arrangements between the educational institutions. Belarus is a beneficiary of India’s ITEC programme with 15 slots for short-term training courses for 2021-22. Over 300 experts and specialists from Belarus have benefited from ITEC programme in diverse areas such as Information Technology, Management, Administration, Banking & Finance, Education & Human Resource Development, English Language, Journalism, Diplomacy, Entrepreneurship, Water Resource Development, Internet Security, Crime Management, Legislative drafting for foreign parliamentary and Government officials, etc.