Latvia : Centre of Indian Studies and Culture inaugurated in a Baltic Nation

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At the dawn of 9th February 2017, at Baznicas Street – 5, Latvia, Centre of Indian Studies and Culture was inaugurated by the Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia, H.E. Monika Kapil Mohta. The Pro Vice-Chancellor of the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, Dr. Chinmay Pandya, participated in a live talk via skype. Dr. Pandya stated in his message the importance of Baltic Nations with India. Guests were greeted by the Vice-rector of the Latvia University, Prof. Ina Druviete, and the Director of the Centre, Dr. Agita Baltgalve. Prof. Sigma Ankrava, the founder of the Centre, also participated through Skype.

The audience enjoyed the Indian-Latvian style instrumental music of kokle and the meditative voice of Professor Valdis Muktupavels. They could also admire the gracious Indian dances performed by Aija Dvinska un Larisa Podskochaya. Among guests there were professors and students from the Stradina University and the Medicine Academy. The organizers of the program expressed gratitude and stated that with the growing number of study courses and students, the number of teaching rooms would also be increased. The Centre would also offer courses on yoga, Indian Classical music and dance. This shows that a feeling of active cooperation has developed between India and European countries. Centres of such kind would play a vital role in the dissemination of diverse cultural activities and scientific researches.

Through the Honorable Chancellor, Dr. Pranav Pandya and the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the university, Dr. Chinmay Pandya, the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya is trying to spread Indian Culture and the messages of Yugrishi Pt. Shri Ram Sharma Acharya among the foreign universities and institutions at a rapid pace. In the past 30 years DSVV has signed more than 30 MOUs among which the chief are those with Germany International Institute of Vedic Studies — Berlin, Maimonides University — Buenos Aires, Argentina , Yujhni Institute of Management, Russian Federation, Cross Noder Institute of Cancer and Genetics, Jiangxi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine — Nanchang, Hindu University of Indonesia (UNHI) — Bali, Hindu Dharma University — Denpasar, Centro Studi Bhaktivedanta – Pisa, Italy, America International Center for Cultural Studies — West Chester, Wider Association for Vedic Studies and others.

Along with all these, All World Gayatri Parivar and the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya are continuously working to expand the Indian Culture among 80 countries of the world.

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