Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cambodian Parliamentary delegation visits BHU

Varanasi, August 25, 2010: A 10-member Cambodian Parliamentary delegation led by Chheang Vun, Chairman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs International Co-operation, Information and Media of the National Assembly visited Banaras Hindu University (BHU) here on Wednesday.

The delegation called on BHU Vice-Chancellor Prof. DP Singh in the Committee Hall of Central Office in the presence of all the senior officers of the university. Professor Singh welcomed the delegation and explained BHU continuous upward march in providing quality education in the country. He also informed the visitors about BHU contributions in education, environment, value policy and quality policy in higher education.

A presentation about BHU was made by Prof. M Joshi, Chairman, International Cell. Chheang Vun said he was very happy to be in BHU as he always enjoyed being with professors.

He said when he was young, he became professor and he was professor for 12 years before he became Member of Parliament. “Professor is most prestigious position in our country,” he said.

He said education, agriculture, tourism are important areas where Cambodia needs support and help from India.

Prof. Joshi informed the delegation that out of 500 foreign students in BHU, 27 Cambodian students are in the Faculty of Agriculture, Arts and Social Science.

Vun requested the Vice-Chancellor to increase the strength of Cambodian Students in BHU, particularly in the field of agriculture, tourism, housing and information and communication.

He said he expects support from India to boost their food production, help in education system particularly development of the university system, information and communication technology and doctors to support their health system.

He said due to long war fought in past had affected the Cambodian health system, education, intellectuals and agriculture.

He specifically requested three things from BHU Vice Chancellor that includes the university to offer scholarship to adjust more Cambodian students, Government of India’s support to Cambodian students to study in BHU and exchange programme with Cambodian university.

In the response Professor Singh suggested that Cambodian government should to approach Government of India for offer of fellowship to study in BHU.

Prof. Singh assured, he would look into the offer of exchange programme with Cambodian university for development of education system there.

Later, Rector, Professor BD Singh proposed a vote of thanks. Before the meeting the delegation was received by the Rector at Bharat Kala Bhawan.

Source: PPP Cell-BHU

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