Monday, September 20, 2021

ICCR and Delhi University sign MoU to set up Bangabandhu Chair

Delhi University will have a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ to foster better understanding of developments in Bangladesh. An MoU was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Delhi University in Dhaka on Monday to set up this Chair at Delhi University.

Speaking on this occasion, the President of ICCR Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that this chair was the celebration of the commonality of the world view between Indian and Bangladesh as both countries stand for peace, tranquility, equal respect for all belief systems and democracy.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India and Bangladesh continue to attach a very special importance to their bilateral relations. By any indicator, the bonds between the two nations are marked by a rare degree of closeness, substance and understanding. He said that the establishment of the Bangabandhu Chair is a fitting tribute to the great leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. He urged the ICCR to consider the possibility of setting up an Indian Chair in Bangladesh in future.

Speaking about the collaboration between ICCR and DU, the Foreign Secretary expressed the hope that it will help in greatly enhancing knowledge, understanding and goodwill relating to Bangladesh amongst Indian academics.

Joining the event virtually from Dhaka, High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami said that the setting up of the Bangabandhu Chair at Delhi University is of great importance as there is a big gap in the studies of our region and the neighbourhood.

The initiative is the outcome of one of the understandings reached during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh in March this year.

The Chair will focus on the common heritage of the two countries and subjects like Anthropology, Buddhist Studies, Geography, History, Modern Indian languages including Bangla, Music, Fine Arts, Political Science, International relations and Sociology.

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