The International Centre Goa (ICG) is a non-profit autonomous society founded in June 1987, under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was inaugurated by His Excellency, the former President of India, late Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma, on 18th June 1996. The Centre was conceived as a forum to bring together thinkers, scholars, academics, achievers, sociologists, industrialists and creative people from India and around the world.
Since inception, ICG has emerged as the hub of socio-cultural activities, political dialogue, economic debates and a variety of programmes ranging from film festivals, exhibitions, workshops, concerts, plays, to quiz, painting competitions and even social evenings. A minimum of 20,000 people annually visit the Centre for various reasons keeping the ambiance vibrant and lively.
What keeps ICG going is the diversity of the programmes organised on a regular basis. Talks and workshops on Journalism, Global Terrorism, Women’s Reservation Bill, Good Governance, Pottery & Origami Workshops, Art Camps & Exhibits, Waste Management, Acting and Scriptwriting and National and International Seminars on subjects like Right to Information, Human Development, Coastal Regulation Zone Draft Policy, Goa Regional Plan, Women in Media, and The South Asia Media Summits are organised throughout.
Promoting culture is one of the Centre’s priorities and the reason for organizing the Goa Arts and Literary Festival. Unlike any other festival of its kind in India, the Goa festival has a strong local component, which showcases the rich art, music and literature of the state. Beyond the Goa focus, the festival seeks to highlight creative excellence across India’s literary landscape, the Goan Diaspora spread across the world with an emphasis on the newest emerging generations of writers and artists. The other cultural events organized in the past were the Dastkaari Haat Exhibition, Japanese Kite festival, Italian film and food festival etc.
Under its initiative ‘Clean Goa for Green Goa’, and ‘I Care for Goa’, ICG organizes activities and talks on environment, waste management, organic farming etc. Recycling units for waste management and a rainwater harvesting and groundwater recharging unit have also been set up in the Centre’s premises. ICG further plans to install Wind-Solar hybrid systems, to cater to most of the electrical power needs of the Centre.
The International Centre Goa, offers a serene atmosphere and a relaxing retreat from the city. Set amidst 14 acres of land on the Taleigao Plateau at Dona Paula, facing the confluence of the Zuari River and the Arabian Sea, the Centre’s 42 air-conditioned rooms provide comfortable accommodation in Goa. Every room has been provided with cable T.V., safety lockers, coffee/tea maker, mini fridge, Wi-Fi connectivity and a big sit out balcony.
The ICG facilities also include four conference halls, multi-cuisine restaurant, a well-equipped library, several beautifully manicured lawns of different sizes, and one open air amphi-theatre with stage designed especially for weddings, social gatherings, plays and performances. ICG’s infrastructure also includes a swimming pool complex complete with gymnasium and recreation centre with Pool and Table Tennis and other indoor games.
The coming decade will see ICG adding a new dimension to its profile. In addition to its ongoing activities, it will develop new programmes – either on its own or in collaboration with other institutions – that will define issues that ought to be of concern to both domestic and global stakeholders. The ICG aims to promote Goa as a centre of cultural and intellectual excellence and to position it as a major centre for dialogue for local, national, regional and international groups.
To bring together thinkers, scholars and academics, achievers, sociologists, industrialists and creative people from India and around the world, to look at the larger issues before the New World and to develop new techniques and perspectives for handling them.
To plan, promote and provide for understanding and amity between different parts of the country and with different communities of the world, and to undertake, organise and facilitate conferences, seminars, study courses, training programmes, lectures and similar other activities for the purpose.
- To promote and conduct research in matters pertaining to:
~ the improvement of culture, social, economic and political relationships and building appropriate theoretical frameworks, intra-national and international;
~ the education, training and development of personnel involved in cultural, social, economic, and political fields;
~ analytical and perspective studies of various sectors of the national and international life with a view of promoting better understanding and relationships;
- To promote and undertake faculty development programmes to assure an adequate supply of competent researchers;
- To maintain liaison with professional institutions, and educational bodies for purposes of promoting objectives of national and international understanding and relationships;
- To provide advisory services under its auspices or through its faculty to public bodies or any other institutions or individuals on matters having a bearing on national and international understanding;
- To disseminate information on cultural, social, economic, and political matters by understanding and providing for the publication of journals, reports, pamphlets and other literature and research papers and books in furtherance of the objects