University of Edinburgh celebrated ‘India Day’ on 2nd October

University of Edinburgh, one of leading universities in Britain with more than Eighteen Nobel Laureates such as Peter Higgs, honored India on 2nd October, 2014 by bestowing upon it the honor of being the first country to be rejoiced upon and celebrated with its campus.

To make it more special, Mahatma Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi’s grandson – a renowned scholar and a famous statesman, Gopal Krishna Gandhi was invited to make a keynote speech at the scheduled week long celebration of life and culture in Asian Countries.

University has recently commissioned a centre in its campus for Indian studies called India Centre.

Sir Timothy O Shea who holds the offices of principal and vice-chancellor of the University announced happily that the university will celebrate ‘India Day’ on October 2 every year from 2014. He said it was done to honor GandhiJi.

With an interview to the Indian news agency, Times of India, he stated that the relations and ties between India and Scotland run deep into history and related it to the link between Indian and Scottish scholars. With announcement of this day, Edinburgh University expresses its respect for India. He even mentioned about Chary Paula Chandra Roy who was an alumina of EU and is now a known father of Indian chemistry.

World famous Qawalli group “Hussein Brothers” were invited to perform at George Square Theatre.

Padma Bhushan Lord Meghnad Desai, Member of Parliament, has also been invited to lecture students on the topic “Business, The Economy of India and future of Indian democracy”.

EU also plans to showcase their collection of documentaries and travel photographs taken by Hermann Rodriguez which will depict unification of ethnic minorities of Scotland and Asians who immigrated to Scotland.

Some of the rare manuscripts of Indian origin in the care of Edinburgh University will also be put for public view. A bollywood night has also been planned.

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