The National University of Singapore (NUS) celebrated its longstanding and multi-layered relationship with India with an event which brought together distinguished members of the Indian community and Indophiles at the NUS Museum. Dr. T.C.A. Raghavan, High Commissioner of India to Singapore, was the Guest of Honour at this event which was attended by about 50 business leaders, diplomats and academics.
Prof Tan also introduced the newly opened NUS University Town to the guests, who were later taken on a tour of the educational complex. NUS University Town offers a residential learning experience new to Singapore.
Dr Raghavan greeted the many “familiar faces” in the audience, saying, “The histories of India and Singapore have intersected at different critical junctures and as we build a modern relationship of trade and investment links or of science and technology cooperation – it is that shared history which provides the most valuable building blocks. There is no more appropriate platform to say this than at NUS. ”
He added, “There can be no more fundamental undertaking rather than to try and create an epistemic community which extends beyond its own campus. I am delighted to see such a community being created between the NUS in Singapore and many of our institutions in India and I hope this process will gain momentum and depth in the months to come.”
Guests then watched captivating cultural and Bollywood performances by Maya Yashodha, one of the celebrated Indian Dance groups at NUS before enjoying dinner in a festive Indian setting.
The NUS Indian Ambassador event was the fourth in the NUS Ambassador Series. It follows the NUS Japanese Ambassador event with His Excellency Mr Makoto Yamanaka, a Thanksgiving celebration with American Ambassador Mr David Adelman and the NUS ASEAN Ambassadors event with Ambassadors and High Commissioners of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Thailand. The NUS Chinese Ambassador event is planned for February 2012.