World Boddh Museum and Educational Institution to be set up in Sanchi

Bhopal : Direct Flight from Bhopal to Colombo (Sri Lanka) will be started. Work to set up World Boddh Museum and Educational Institution in Sanchi will be started soon. These decisions were taken in a meeting held between the Minister for Adhytam of M.P. Shri P.C. Sharma and Foreign Minister Shri Dinesh Gunvardhne of Sri Lanka in Colombo. The International President of Maha Bodhi Society Shri Bhikkhu Vangal Uptiss Nayak Thero and Additional Secretary of Madhya Pradesh Shri Manoj Shrivastava were present at the meeting.

In a meeting, the Foreign Minister Shri Gunvardhne said that the initiative of the Government of India to start flight from Bhopal to Colombo is welcoming. He further stated that the Sri Lanka government is ready to start direct flight from Colombo to Bhopal. Shri Gunvardhne said that lakhs of people from Sri Lanka visit Bhopal and Sanchi. The direct air connectivity between Bhopal and Colombo will benefit people in large number.

An elaborated discussion on setting up of World Boddh Museum and Educational Institution, Bhikshu (Monk) training and Buddhist Chanting Centre took place in the meeting. A project of Boddh Museum and Educational Institution was presented during the meeting. Boddh philosophy, Boddh Science, Boddh Art and Culture, Boddh festivals along with the religious places of Boddh religion situated in various countries of the World, Boddh traditions, life style and art have been included in the project. Minister Shri Sharma informed that approval for the financial support for the project has been granted by the Foreign Minister Shri Gunvardhne of Sri Lanka.

Moreover, Shri Sharma informed that a series of conducting regular cultural programmes based on public welfare, folk art and culture of Sri Lanka in India and vice versa will also be started. The Foreign Minister of Sri Lanka said that a team will be sent to Madhya Pradesh by the Sri Lankan Government to hold discussion on the proposal of starting cultural programmes.

Minister Shri Sharma extended best wishes to the International President of Maha Bodhi Society Shri Bhikkhu Vangal Uptiss Nayak Thero on his 70th birthday. Shri Uptiss has had constant contact with India especially Sanchi. Minister Shri Sharma informed that the Maha Bodhi Society is working in India much before the Independence. He congratulated the President of the society on the 40th Foundation Day today.

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