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First Indian Chair operationalized in Arab world in Egypt

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR)

Cairo, Sep 27 (UITV)- The first Indian Chair in Egypt at the Ain Shams University has been operationalized with the arrival of Indian professor, Dr. Naidu Subbarao. This is not only the first Indian Chair in Egypt, but also in the Arab world.

The Indian Chair will be for a period of one semester at a time for three years at the Faculty of Information and Communication Technology.

The MoU for establishment of the Indian Chair was signed in March 2016 between Egypt’s prestigious Ain Shams University (ASU) and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and operationalized in September 2016.

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) was founded in 1950 by Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, independent India’s first Education Minister. Its objectives are to actively participate in the formulation and implementation of policies and programmes pertaining to India’s external cultural relations; to foster and strengthen cultural relations and mutual understanding between India and other countries; to promote cultural exchanges with other countries and people; and to develop relations with nations.

Ain Shams University is a beacon for high quality education in Egypt and a crucible for the political leadership. It is the third largest Egyptian university, founded in July 1950. Recently, ASU commenced the teaching of Hindi and use of Devanagari script in its Faculty of Languages.

Welcoming the Indian Chair at the University, Prof. Dr. Abdel Wahab Ezzat, President of the Ain Shams University, said: “We welcome Dr. Naidu Subbarao from JNU, New Delhi, specialized in bioinformatics, to teach courses in bioinformatics for undergraduate and postgraduate students. We would also thank the Indian Embassy in Cairo for its successful cooperation with Ain Shams University and we hope to cooperate more with India in several fields in the future.”