Conference highlights young scholars’ role in Vietnam-India ties

Indian experts at a conference in New Delhi, India on August 9 stressed the important role by young scholars, as well as the need to step up cooperation between Vietnamese and Indian universities.

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The Young Scholars Conference was jointly held by the Centre for Vietnamese Studies (CVS) and the Vietnamese Embassy in India. It aims to help young scholars express their opinions on the India-Vietnam relations in different aspects, thus enriching their understanding about the time-honoured ties. 

Professor Sonu Trivedi, CVS Director, said cooperation between Vietnamese and Indian universities and institutes would help reinforce relations between people of the two countries. 

Dr. Ash Narain Roy, Director of the Institute of Social Sciences, suggested ways to help young scholars conduct research studies. 

Professor Darvesh Gopal from Indira Gandhi National Open University spoke highly of the deep cultural and historical ties between Vietnam and India, as well as sentiments of Indian people towards Vietnamese. 

There are huge opportunities for the two countries to forge their collaboration in many fields, especially via India’s “Act East” policy, he said. 

Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador Nguyen Le Thanh told young Vietnamese and Indian scholars how to contribute to the bilateral relationship founded by President Ho Chi Minh and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and cultivated by generations of leaders and peoples of the two countries. 

She quoted Indian PM Narendra Modia as saying that Vietnam plays an important role in India’s “Act East” policy, and President Tran Dai Quang’s statement affirming India as one of Vietnam’s most important partners.

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