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Thai varsity to start BA programme in Hindi; USD 100,000 to Nalanda university

India has decided to set up a chair for Hindi at Thammasat
University in Thailand, which will offer a BA programme in Indian Studies. The BA
programme will be started for the first time this year while other universities
in Thailand continue to offer Indian Studies courses.

In a joint statement issued by Prime Minister Manmoahn Singh
and his Thai counterpart Yingluck Shinawatra, both sides noted with “satisfaction
the contribution of the ICCR Chair for Sanskrit Studies at Silpakorn University
and welcomed the decision to establish an ICCR Chair for Hindi at Thammasat
University.”

Recognizing the significance of educational collaboration,
the two Prime Ministers agreed to promote more student exchanges at all levels
and expressed interest in further enhancing the mobility and exchange of
students between India and Thailand.

The Thai side noted with appreciation that India would
continue to offer 90 scholarships under the Indian Technical and Economic
Cooperation (ITEC), 26 scholarships under the Indian Council for Cultural
Relations (ICCR) and scholarships under AYUSH each year.

The two Prime Ministers noted that institutional links
between the two countries are progressing very well. They welcomed the increase
in direct university to university collaboration and progress in the
realisation of the shared goal of making the modern Nalanda University an
international institution of excellence.

Mnamohan Singh appreciated the Government of Thailand’s
contribution of USD 100,000 to the University’s Establishment Fund, as well as
contributions totalling more than USD 33,000 by Thailand’s private sector,
particularly those having investments in India, to the Thailand Fund for
Nalanda University. The private contributions will be used to finance students
and academicians pursuing Buddhist Studies, Philosophy and Comparative
Religion.

The two Prime Ministers acknowledged the significance of
cooperation in science and technology. Exchanges of technology, R&D,
education and skills are encouraged to broaden ties between the scientific and
technological communities of both governments. The leaders noted the importance
of continued cooperation and declared their commitment to improve coordination
in science and technology.

Both leaders acknowledged the progress made under the
Programme of Cooperation in the field of science and technology and welcomed
the implementation of joint research projects. They agreed that capacity
building and joint projects on space application under existing institutional
arrangements and agreements such as ‘urban mapping’, ‘agriculture crop mapping’
and ‘archaeological atlas’ would help in the betterment of lives of the people
of the two countries.

Both countries agreed to deepen cultural and historical ties
between the two countries by promoting diverse cultural exchanges. Both sides
welcomed the setting up of the Thailand-India Exchange Programme which would
help accelerate people-to-people contacts in cultural and other fields
benefiting both societies. Both sides agreed to further promote exchanges among
parliamentarians, academicians, scientists, artists and intellectuals. 

By IER Staff

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