ICAC has since its inception been organising focused delegations to China in the area of information technology, education and higher learning, agriculture and food processing, media and journalism, amongst others.
Government departments, ministries, private schools and colleges, public sector undertakings, entrepreneurs and non governmental organisations (NGOs) have participated in these exchanges. They have visited their Chinese counterparts, visited factories and educational institutions. They have been hosted by Mayors of different Provinces. Most importantly, they have seen aspects of Chinese production, culture, distribution, marketing and packaging based on their own interests and needs.
Many of these delegations are customised by ICAC keeping in mind the needs and requirements of the visiting Indian delegation. Effort is made to coincide the group’s visit with a popular and successful Chinese trade or business event, providing greater opportunities for collaboration and partnership.
Some of the focused missions organised over the last few years have included Educational tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Hang Zhao and Shenyang for a group of principals, teachers and students representing New Delhi’s premier public schools.
A Mission comprising of Directors of Indian Business Schools and Institutes of Engineering and Technology visited Peking University and the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) in Beijing. In Shanghai, the Indian delegation visited the Fudan University, China Europe International Business School, Shanghai Pudong Software Technology Park and Shanghai Institute of Design (China Academy of Art).
Indian Business Schools and Institutes of Engineering and Technology, visited Beijing, Shenyang and Shanghai in 2007. The 18-Member Mission was led by Dr. K. Ponmudy, Minister for Higher Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu. Mr. K. Ganesan, IAS, Secretary, Higher Education, Govt. of Tamil Nadu and Dr. Perumal Kanniappan, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University were also a part of this high profile delegation.
From 18-24 June, 2007, ICAC mounted the 3rd Mission to China for Universities, Indian Business Schools and Institutes of Engineering and Technology from India. This Mission was led by Mrs. Dilafrose Qazi, Vice Chairperson, SSM College of Engineering and Polytechnic, Jammu & Kashmir (One of the nominees of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006). They were officially hosted by the Shenyang Education Bureau, Liaoning Province, The People's Republic of China. They visited and interacted with the University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) and Department of Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University, Beijing; Shenyang Education Bureau, International Business School of Shenyang University and Northeastern University in Shenyang and China Europe International.
The first-ever initiative to mount a 19-Member Mission to China for Universities and Institute of Journalism and Mass Communication from India in 2007 to Beijing, Shenyang and Shanghai) was led by Prof. Myron J Pereira, Director, Xavier Institute of Communications, St Xavier’s College, Mumbai. The group visited and interacted with China’s six premier Universities, namely, Communication University of China, School of Journalism and Communication, Tsinghua University, School of Mass Communication, Shenyang University, College of Radio, Film and Television, Liaoning University, School of Journalism, Fudan University and School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. All the visiting Universities and Institutes from India signed a one to one cooperation agreement with the School of Journalism, Fudan University, Shanghai and School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
A 27-member Educational Tour to China for MBA/ IT Students and Faculty Members from India’s Premier Business Schools and Colleges of Engineering visited Beijing-Shenyang-Shanghai in 2007. The highlight of this Group was the participations of 13 MBA Students from India’s Premier Business Schools – Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi and Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Kolkata. Shenyang Information Industry Bureau was the official host of this unique programme.
In 2008, ICAC mounted the 4th mission to China for Universities, Business Schools and Institutes of Engineering and Technology from India. They visited Shenyang and Shanghai and signed an MoU between ICAC and Shanghai Overseas Talent Service Centre (SOTSC) on 13th March 2008 in Shanghai which paved the way for ICAC to facilitate and promote two modules of an 8-week International Internship Programme in Shanghai for MBA students from India. Besides, ICAC also signed an umbrella MoU with the Dean of School of Media & Design, Shanghai Jiao Tong University on 14 March for the benefit of the Mission which was led by Prof. G. Lakshminarayana, Vice Chaccellor, Dravidian University, Andhra Pradesh, India. This 11-member Indian Education delegation also visited and interacted with senior professors of Peking University and Tsinghua University in Beijing ; Shenyang University and Shenyang Normal University in Shenyang, and China Europe International Business School in Shanghai.
In 2009, ICAC organised the 6th and 7th Higher/ Technical Education Missions to China under the leadership of Prof. Ramasamy Palaniappan, Vice Chancellor, Alagappa University, Tamil Nadu and Prof. K K Deka, Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University, Assam respectively. Both the Missions visited leading Chinese Universities and International Business Schools in Beijing, Shenyang, Shanghai and Hangzhou.
From 20-26 September, 2009 ICAC organised the 3rd India IT Software / ITeS Mission to China (Beijing, Dalian and Shenyang) coinciding with the 2009 edition of the North East Asia Hi-tech Fair hosted by the Shenyang Municipal People’s Government. The 7 member delegation was led by Dr. Ajay Kumar, Secretary – IT, Government of Kerala. The highlight of the visit was the signing of four MoU’s between Technopark, Trivandrum and ZPark (Beijing Zhongguancun Software Park Development Co., Ltd.) Beiing, P.R.China; Dalian Hi-tech Zone (DHTZ), Liaoning Province, PRC; Shenyang International Software Park; HuangGu District, Shenyang. In addition, Mr. Sunil Gupta, CEO, SQL Star International Limited signed a MoU with Mr Wang Xin Yan, Vice President, Shenyang SIM Simcom Tecchnology Ltd with regard to Cooperation of Software Development for Mobile Phones. Insoft.com Pvt. Ltd also signed a Cooperation MoU with Shenyang International Software Park. The delegation also met with Mr. Zou Da Ting, Vice Mayor, Information Industry, Shenyang Municipal People’s Government
Agriculture and Food Processing
In April 2007, ICAC mounted the 1st ever Agriculture and Food Processing Mission to China from 19 to 27 April, 2007 to coincide with the Opening of The 8th China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Sci-tech Fair. The 27-member delegation was led by Mr. K. J. Alphons, IAS (Retd.), Member of the Kerala Legislative Assembly. The delegation visited the cities of Weifang/Shouguang and Jinan in Shandong Province and Shenyang in Liaoning Province. They were hosted by the Weifang Municipal People’s Government; Weifang Science and Technology Bureau and the Organising Committee of The 8th China (Shouguang) International Vegetable Sci-tech Fair in Weifang/Shouguang; Department of Science and Technology, Shandong Province in Jinan and Shenyang Information Industry Bureau in Liaoning Province. The highlight of the visit was the meeting with Mr. Li Bao Quan, Vice Mayor responsible for Agriculture in the Shenyang Municipal People’s Government