JNU, MGIMO students discuss future of Indo-Russian ties

JNU administrative building. Source: gsmeena.jnu@gmail.com

JNU administrative building. Source: gsmeena.jnu@gmail.com

The Jawaharlal Nehru University hosted a seminar devoted to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia.

An international seminar titled ‘India-Russia relations in a changing world’ was organized in the first week of February at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) campus in New Delhi, Arun Mohanty, head of the Centre for Russian and Central Asian studies of the university, told TASS on Feb. 5.

The seminar was devoted to the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India.

11 students from MGIMO University (Moscow State Institute of International Relations) participated at the seminar along with Indian students, Mohanty told the news agency. They presented reports on various aspects of India-Russia relations, their history and prospects. 

The youth of Russia and India have fresh perspectives on the development of bilateral relations, Mohanty said.

JNU’s Centre for Russian Studies was established in 1965 and has been at the forefront of academic programs related to Russia. It was established with the aim of promoting special training and scientific research work in the field of Russian Language and literature, and for the systemic study of the life and culture of the USSR.

“You can also find our graduates in various ministries like the Home Ministry, the External Affairs, in the Army, the Navy,” Ritoo Jerath, a professor at the centre, told RIR in 2015 interview. “Many of our graduates work in companies like ONGC, HAL and also in private companies like Oracle and, of course, in the tourism industry.”

At the Indo-Russian annual summit in Goa in 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to grandiosely mark the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

A total of 35 different sets of events, from official and intergovernmental programs to cultural, scientific, political, economic, sporting and tourism-related activities have been planned for 2017.

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