GUWAHATI, Feb 13 - The Centre for South East Asian Studies, Gauhati University (GU) in association with the Embassy of India in Thailand, organised a seminar and dialogue ‘People to People Exchange Programme’ in Bangkok on February 10, said a press release here.
Many dignitaries, including the Ambassador of India to Thailand, prominent scholars from universities of Thailand and North East India, diplomats of South East Asia among others, were present on the occasion.
Ambassador of India Suchitra Durai while welcoming the distinguished speakers and audience, traced back the socio-cultural similarities of India and Thailand from ancient times and the endeavours initiated by the Government of India in connecting the people further. She highlighted the people-to-people contact programme and informed the audience that already a large number of students from Thammasat University, Bangkok have enrolled in GU.
GU Vice Chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika laid stress on the significance of people-to-people connections of North East India with its neighbours in South and South East Asia, particularly with Thailand.
Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta, Director of the Centre for South East Asian Studies, GU referred to the academic exchange programmes initiated by GU with universities and institutions of neighbouring countries like National University of Laos PDR, Royal Bhutan University and the students currently pursuing the Indian Studies Programme for One Semester from Thammasat University.
The technical session was hosted by Dr Sangeeta Gogoi and Prof Nani Gopal Mahanta moderated the session. Prof Chattip Nartsupha, Professor Emeritus at Chulalongkorn University, talked on his research experience on the history and culture of the Tai Ahom people of North East India and his understanding of the region.
Prof Chirapat Prapandvidya of the Sanskrit Studies Centre, Silpakorn University gave a pictorial presentation on the rich sources for studies in North East India and spoke on his own understanding and experience of the culture and heritage of the Ahoms and other tribes from his field investigation.
Paim Thee Gohain, a youth leader of Tai-Phake community from Assam, delivered a lecture in Tai language and presented videos and images of the rituals and cultural and religious festivals of the Tai-Phake community.
Dr Rajen Singh Laishram of Manipur University, Lakhya Konwar, representative of Government of Assam and Shyam Kanu Mahanta also took part in the programme.