India Consul General visits UCIS
UCIS Welcomes Consul General
A reception in honor of Consul General Das was hosted by Ariel Armony of the University Center for International Studies. The Asian Studies Center liaised with the Consulate to develop a full schedule of meetings and visits during the two days.
Left to Right: Rachel Jacobson, Lynn Kawaratani and Emily Rook-Koepsel of the Asian Studies Center (ASC); Ariel Armony, Senior Director of International Programs & Director, University Center for International Studies; India Consul General Riva Ganguly Das; Consul Trade Sreenivasa Rao; James Cook, Acting Director, ASC; Ira Gumberg, Chairman and CEO of JJ Gumberg, University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees member; and Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg.
Indian Classical Dance
Pitt Nrityamala performed three Indian classical dances to begin the UCIS-hosted reception. The Pitt student club is the only Indian classical dance team in the Pittsburgh area.
Earlier in the day, the Ambassador and Consul Trade attended a luncheon hosted by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, and met with members of the School of Medicine, including Chair of the Department of Epidemiology Anne Newman, MD. Day one concluded with Chancellor Emeritus Mark Nordenberg hosting a dinner attended by Provost Patricia Beeson and other Pitt faculty.
Importance of Education
During her remarks, Consul General Das describe India as one of the world’s “most multicultural and most diverse countries.” She added that “as India’s relationship with the United States grows, education is a very important aspect of this relationship. There have been many government-to-government initiatives on how we can learn from the US universities.
“The Indian community by and large adapts well to the society in which they live, and they are able to seamlessly contribute to both India and to the country of their adoption,” she said.
Indian Nationality Room
Consul General Das visited the Indian Nationality Room and met with members of the Indian Room Committee including Rashmi Ravindra, Shubha Kekre, Vandana Kekre as well as Deepak Wadhwani, AIA (not pictured), who designed the room. The Indian Nationality Room is inspired by the Buddhist monastic university at Nalanda, which was influential during India’s Golden Age from the 4th to 9th centuries.
Day two’s agenda also included meetings with Pitt’s Innovation Institute, the Asian Studies Center, Swanson School of Engineering, the Indo-Pacific Council, and students from Katz Graduate School of Business, as well as a visit to the Sri Venkateswara Temple.