Newsletter, Novembro, November, 2013

Ambassador Ashok Tomar's Message.

"Both India and Brazil place due importance on education as a means to promote social and economic development and have mutual interest in strengthening academic mobility between both countries. In this context we are working on initiatives for the exchange of visiting professors and the mutual attraction of young talents in areas of common interests".

by Ashok Tomar

Ambassador of India to Federative Republic of Brazil.

India-Brazil cooperation is extensive and comprehensive, and covers every important segment of interaction.  This relationship exists at three levels: bilateral and plurilateral in such fora as IBSA, BRICS, BASIC and G-20, and in the larger multilateral arena such as UN (with our G-4 initiative), WTO, WIPO, etc. Interactions at the highest level between Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Brazilian Presidents Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff provided high levels of commitment and content to our bilateral relationship, and has led to the creation of an extremely diversified partnership. President Dilma Rousseff’s first ever visit to India in March 2012 has provided greater commitment and content to our relationship.
Both India and Brazil place due importance on education as a means to promote social and economic development and have mutual interest in strengthening academic mobility between both countries. In this context we are working on initiatives for the exchange of visiting professors and the mutual attraction of young talents in areas of common interests. Some of these are worth specific mention. We have completed successfully two editions, first in Political Science and second in Defence Economics, of the short term chair of Indian Council of Cultural Relations established at FGV in Rio de Janeiro since 2012 and the third edition of this chair would start in March 2014. Similarly, as part of efforts undertaken by Brazil to promote the Portuguese language as well as Brazilian culture and literature in India, a Brazilian lectureship at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, would be initiated in the second semester of 2014.
The establishment of the Centre for Indian Studies at the State University of Rio de Janeiro is another very important initiative. We congratulate Prof. Edgard Leite for his hard work in bringing this idea to fruition. Government of India assures its support to the initiative and we would develop an active cooperation programme with the Centre in coming months. Contribution of over 100 books on India for the library of the Centre from the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India and Embassy of India in Brasilia in one step in that direction. I wish all the best to the Centre and look forward to participate in some of the programmes of the Centres in coming months.

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