Afghan-India culture research centre opens in Kandahar
KANDAHAR (Pajhwok): A research centre on cultural commonalities between Afghanistan and India was inaugurated at the university of southern Kandahar province on Tuesday and a similar centre is expected to be opened in India.
The research centre’s inauguration ceremony at the university was attended by Indian Ambassador to Afghanistan Manpreet Vohra, Kandahar governor Dr. Humayun Azizi, Kandahar university director Dr. Hazrat Mir Totakhel, university teachers and students.
Mir Totakhel told Pajhwok Afghan News researches would be carried out at the centre on cultural similarities between the two countries and a similar centre would be inaugurated in India soon.
He said the centre on the Kandahar university campus had been established at a cost of $7,500 provided jointly by the university and the Indian Embassy in Kabul, thanks to efforts by the Jawahir Lal Nehru University in India and former ambassadors of the two countries.
Governor Azizi thanked the Indian envoy for his country’s assistance and cooperation with Afghanistan in various fields including education.
He said if India paved the ground for Kandahar university teachers holding BA degrees to obtain master’s degree and master’s degree holders obtain doctorate, it would be a great achievement for the region.
Indian ambassador Vohra called the research centre as very important and said his country would continue to extend similar assistance towards Afghansitan.
He said Kandahar university teachers should approach the Indian Embassy in Kabul about their master’s and doctorate level studies in India. He said Kandahar students would be granted 25 scholarships for study in India each year.
Vohra was speaking a day after he inaugurated the construction of a cricket stadium in Kandahar. The stadium is being constructed at a cost of one million US dollars funded by India.
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