Varanasi: Aiming to foster collaborations between Banaras Hindu University and Japanese universities & business organisations, Dr Shingo Miyamoto, Economic and Development Minister, Embassy of Japan, called on Vice-Chancellor Prof. Sudhir K Jain. During the meeting the Vice-Chancellor underlined the need to have greater engagements between Banaras Hindu University and Japanese institutions, those related to Commerce and Industry in particular. Prof. N V Chalapathi Rao, Coordinator, International Collaborations, BHU, was also present during the meeting. Dr. Miyamoto’s visit comes in wake of BHU’s focus on international collaborations on a long term basis involving bilateral exchanges for students and faculty members. The visit also assumes significance for getting Japanese support to BHU in specific areas.
Earlier, in the day Dr Miyamoto, interacted with students of Banaras Hindu University who are learning Japanese language. Prof S V S Raju, Coordinator, International Students, BHU, and faculty members were also present during the interaction. Dr Miyamoto said that this is the time to consolidate BHU-Japanese academic collaborations in a big way in view of the 75th year of Indo-Japanese friendship. He enumerated strong similarities between Hindi and Japanese language and said that language plays a major role in strengthening relationships between different cultures. Dr Miyamoto expressed that India is a very special country to Japan and hoped that more Japanese students would come to BHU – a microcosm of India’s culture and diversity.