Kathmandu, June 12: Nepali Ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay, has called on the graduates of the South Asian University (SAU) to contribute to the process of South Asia’s development as well as to carry forth the message of peace, harmony and fraternity that have been the ethos of South Asia.
Be it endowment of natural resources or it be the human resources, our region has abundance of enabling factors for development and prosperity, he added, according to a press statement released by Nepali Embassy in New Delhi.
Ambassador Upadhyay said this while addressing the 2nd convocation ceremony of the SAU held in New Delhi on Monday. Ambassador Upadhyay was invited to the ceremony as the SAU Visitor's Nominee.
Speaking to the gathering of the University’s faculties, students and invited guests, Ambassador Upadhyay stated that the SAU was built upon the pedestal of the common South Asian heritage of wisdom and education nurtured in the region for the time immemorial. He also stated that the University served as a mark of shared aspiration for deeper regional cooperation and connectivity in South Asia.
Mr Upadhaya congratulated the fresh graduates of the University for successfully completing the degree from the prestigious centre of academic excellence in South Asia.
Pointing out poverty and underdevelopment as a top common challenge faced in South Asia, Ambassador Upadhyay stated that the young graduates could be the vanguard in overcoming the region’s top challenges.
The ceremony was also addressed by Minister of State for External Affairs of the Government of India, MJ Akbar, the Secretary General of SAARC, Amjad Hussain B. Sial, and other dignitaries.
President of the University, Dr. Kavita, made a presentation on various programmes undertaken by the University and its future plans.
Ambassador Upadhyay conferred degrees to 185 students graduating in various faculties of the University this year including 16 Nepali students.
South Asian University is a regional institution established as a part of the regional cooperation within SAARC, added the press statement. RSS