India establishes visiting chair at Chinese university

June 19th, 2008 - 5:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, June 19 (IANS) An India Chair has been established in the humanities and social sciences department at Shenzhen University in southern China. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed Wednesday by Nirupama Rao, India’s ambassador to China, and Zhang Bigong, president of the university.

A statement issued by the Indian consulate general in Guanzhou said, “Shenzhen University will host a visiting Indian professor in the capacity of a Chair in humanities and social sciences for a 14-week semester every academic year over each of the next four years beginning autumn 2008.”

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) will implement the MoU on the Indian side and will be responsible for selecting the professor in consultation with Shenzhen University.

The statement added, the Indian Chair will also deliver public lectures to be called ICCR lecture on Indian literature, culture, and social sciences during the semester.

Rao addressed the students on India-China relations in an “interactive session” at which the president of the university and other faculty members were also present.

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