Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2020 Small Grants Competition

(DEADLINE: November 30, 2019) Embassy New Delhi and its Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are accepting project applications accepting project applications for the 2020 Small Grants Competition of the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP).  The deadline for submitting AFCP 2020 applications is November 30, 2019. Full implementation of the AFCP 2020 program ... Read More»

All-India Museum Summit 2019 India’s Museums in the New Millennium

The All-India Museum Summit 2019 will take place from July 22-24 at the India International Center in New Delhi.  Sponsored through a U.S. Embassy grant, the Summit will bring together over 150 leading museum professionals from across thirteen states of India and several top American museums. The grant is being implemented by leading American non-profit, the American Institute of Indian Studies (AIIS) . The Summit ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Eid al-Fitr, 2019

Melania joins me in sending our warmest greetings on Eid al-Fitr. At the conclusion of the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the day of Eid through prayer and reflection.  This sacred day provides Muslims, both in the United States and around the world, an opportunity to renew their commitment to help those less fortunate, ... Read More»

AFCP 2019 Small Grants Competition Funding Opportunity

(Deadline: November 28, 2018) Embassy New Delhi and it Consulates in Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata are accepting project applications for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2019 Small Grants Competition. The deadline for submitting applications is November 28, 2018. Full implementation of the AFCP 2019 program is pending the availability of FY ... Read More»

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo on Indian Independence Day

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people and government of India on their Independence Day. Since gaining its independence 71 years ago today, India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law—values ... Read More»

Remarks by Kenneth I. Juster, U.S. Ambassador to India, at Independence Day Celebration

Hyatt Regency Hotel, New Delhi, India August 2, 2018 Thank you Minister Puri for those most gracious remarks, and good evening everyone.  I would like to welcome representatives of the Government of India; members of the diplomatic corps; our distinguished guests; and, especially, our Chief Guest – who is a great friend of the United ... Read More»

American Center Marks 70 Years of U.S.-India Relations

This evening, the American Center launched its newest exhibition: “Celebrating 70 Years of U.S.-India Relations.” The event also featured a dance performance, “Dancing Stories from the East and West,” by Nyama McCarthy-Brown, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance at Indiana University, and Tanya Saxena, a Bharatanatyam dancer. The art exhibition, which runs through August 14, features ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Kenneth Juster Visits Lucknow June 6-7

LUCKNOW – The U.S. Ambassador to India, Mr. Kenneth I. Juster, visited Lucknow June 6-7. On his first official visit to the city, Ambassador Juster met with Governor Ram Naik and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In addition, Dr. Ammar Rizvi welcomed the Ambassador to a traditional dinner featuring awadhi cuisine. Guests included representatives from Lucknow’s ... Read More»

Presidential Message on Ramadan

With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through fellowship and prayer.  Many observe this holy time by fasting, performing ... Read More»

Battery Dance Company to Stage Performance in New Delhi

The U.S. Department of State and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) are presenting a performance, “Shakti: A Return to the Source,” by the New York-based Battery Dance Company.  The performance will be held at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi. The performance is directed by ... Read More»

2017 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month Statement by Secretary Tillerson

In recognition of LGBTI Month, the Department of State affirms its solidarity with the human rights defenders and civil society organizations working around the world to uphold the fundamental freedoms of LGBTI persons to live with dignity and freedom. We also recognize that LGBTI persons continue to face the threat of violence and discrimination. Violence ... Read More»

Photo Exhibition on Indian Religious Traditions in U.S. Opens at American Center, New Delhi

A unique photo exhibition on Indian religious traditions in the United States began at the American Center today. “Keeping Faith: Indian Religious Traditions in the United States,” which will run from May 18-31, 2017, showcases how Indian-Americans practice their faith and traditions in the United States, as well as the ways Indian faith and traditions ... Read More»

Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires MaryKay Carlson at Inauguration of Photo Exhibition “Keeping Faith: Indian Religious Traditions in the United States”

(As prepared for delivery) It is an honor to stand here with Ambassador Amarendra Khatua and Sirajuddin Qureshi to inaugurate this exhibition on Indian Communities of Faith in the United States. In the United States, Indian-American communities practice the same rich array of traditions that their families celebrate here, and they are joined by many ... Read More»

2017 Senior Journalists Seminar

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! August 23 – September 15, 2017 Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN; Manila/Cotabato City, Philippines; Istanbul, Turkey Application Deadline:  Thursday, May 10, 2017 The 2017 Senior Journalists Seminar (2017SJS) will bring together 12-16 international journalists for an immersive 22-day dialogue, study, and travel program to Washington, DC; Minneapolis, MN; Manila/Cotabato City, Philippines; Istanbul, Turkey. The 2017SJS will ... Read More»

Chargé d’affaires MaryKay Carlson visits Kolkata

Chargé d’affaires (CDA) MaryKay Carlson started her day watching the  #superbowl  with members of the Kolkata Vipers football team at the American Center. CDA Carlson later visited the Access program at the  Samaritan Help Mission  in Howrah and encouraged students to study hard and follow their dreams. She took a boat ride to  Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, Belur Math  later in the afternoon with Consul ... Read More»

Inaugural Ball To Mark Swearing In of New U.S. President Donald Trump

Namaste America and the U.S. Consulate General Mumbai Co- Host Inaugural Ball To Mark Swearing In of New U.S. President Donald Trump Mumbai — U.S. Consul General Thomas L. Vajda and President of Namaste America Atul Nishar co-hosted a ball at the U.S. Consulate General to mark the swearing-in of the 45th President of the ... Read More»

Ambassador’s Statement on the U.S. Presidential Election Results

The results are in. The polls are closed. American voters have voted, and the American people have spoken. With these votes, and with this voice, Americans have elected Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.  We are here today, not to celebrate an individual winner, or to side with a particular ... Read More»

“The United States and India Investing in the Generation of Tomorrow” Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India (As prepared for delivery) A Historic Institution of Learning  Good afternoon everyone.  Vice Chancellor Talat Ahmad, Dr. Tasneem Meenai, members of the faculty, thank you for your kind words.  It’s an immense honor to be here today at one of India’s leading universities with such a distinguished group of ... Read More»

President Obama wishes on the festival of lights across America and around the world

To all who are celebrating the festival of lights across America and around the world, happy Diwali. As Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, and Buddhists light the diya, share in prayers, decorate their homes, and open their doors to host and feast with loved ones, we recognize that this holiday rejoices in the triumph of good over ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Launch New Mission-Wide Website

Today the U.S. Mission to India launched a new website for the Embassy in New Delhi and the four Consulates General in Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.  The new website address for the entire U.S. Mission is .  This website is in English, Hindi and Urdu and is built on WordPress, a popular web and ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma “The Female Journalist in India” at Daniel Pearl Day

(As Prepared for Delivery) Good afternoon and welcome to the American Center.  I am delighted you could all join us for our second annual Daniel Pearl Day event, hosted with our partners at the Embassy of Israel.  It’s always an honor to see my good friend, Ambassador Daniel Carmon, who has done a wonderful job ... Read More»

Foreign Missions in India to Celebrate International Day of the Girl

To commemorate the International Day of the Girl on October 11, over 20 diplomatic missions in New Delhi have come together to organise a range of activities highlighting the importance of the rights of women and girls around the globe. Girls face discrimination and unique obstacles in many parts of the world simply because of ... Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Richard R. Verma at “People, Book, Land”- Israel Exhibit

Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi (As prepared for delivery) Good evening ladies and gentlemen.  It’s an immense pleasure to be here at this beautiful venue for such a special event.  I’d like to thank Dr. Joshi and his team at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts for hosting us ... Read More»

“Celebrating the 240th American Independence Day” Remarks by Ambassador Verma

Hyatt Hotel, New Delhi Distinguished guests and honored friends. On behalf of President Obama and the American people, it is a sincere pleasure to welcome you all here to celebrate America’s independence and our country’s wonderful natural heritage. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, who ... Read More»

Ambassador Richard Verma Visits Bhopal

United States Ambassador to India, Richard R. Verma, visited Bhopal on May 25, 2016 for his first official visit to the state of Madhya Pradesh. During his visit, Ambassador Verma met with the Honorable Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to discuss U.S.-India cooperation, including investment opportunities for U.S. companies and clean energy initiatives. The Ambassador ... Read More»
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