THE IBC has been accorded the status of ‘Cultural Organization with National Presence’ by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India. This recognition has been accorded to only a handful of other nongovernmental
organizations in the country.
The IBC has also been included in the Steering Committee of the Project for the Infrastructure Development of the Buddhist Circuit that includes the sacred Buddhist sites of Bodhgaya, Rajgir, Nalanda, Vaishali, Sarnath, Sravasti and Kushinagar. This Steering Committee has been set up by the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India (GOI).
Other members of this committee are the Ministries of Tourism of the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, and international institutions, namely the International Finance Corporation and the International Development Agency of the World Bank.
The Government of Gujarat has invited the IBC to partner in the building of a Grand Relic Vihara at Devni Mori in
Gujarat. This Vihara will house the Buddha relic discovered at the site in the early 1960s. The relic is presently displayed in a museum in Vadodara.