Foreign diplomats and faculty members of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) discussed the language, culture and arts that bind India, Spain and Latin American countries in spirit despite being continents apart.
They had come together for the symposium of the Department of Foreign Languages, Faculty of International Studies on ‘Socio-Culture Relationship between India, Spain and Latin America’ organised on Friday.
“At the moment, in New Delhi alone, we have 40 schools offering Spanish as a part of their curriculum,” said Oscar Pujol, director, Instituto Cervantes, the nodal institute of the government of Spain which supervises Spanish language learning in India.
He added: “The Instituto Cervantes offers Spanish language courses dedicated to promoting the use of language and culture and not the technical aspect of it. It is an opportunity to explore and get familiar with a wide range of Spanish-speaking cultures.”
“Relations between India and Latin American countries have been traditionally friendly at the bilateral and multilateral levels, but more academic interaction needs to be fostered to give us kinds of outputs, including joint publications, technology development, technology transfer, improvised products and processes,” said Federico Salas Lotfe, ambassador of Mexico in India.
Inaugurating the programme, Prof Mohammad Gulrez, pro vice-chancellor, AMU, spoke about different arenas of cultural exchanges between India and Latin American countries.
He pointed out: “Our mid-day meal programme is a direct adaptation of the similar scheme in Brazil and there have always been healthy and fruitful cultural and education interactions between India, Latin America and Spain”.
Prof Ash Narain Roy, director, Institute of Social Sciences, delineated social and cultural common grounds between India and Latin America from an interdisciplinary perspective. He also shared experiences of working with Latin American services of BBC Mundo and contributions to Mexican newspapers.
In the welcome address, Prof Jawaid Iqbal, dean, faculty of international studies, suggested academic collaborations for the department of foreign languages, AMU, with leading universities and institutes in Latin America.
Dr Noorin Khan deliberated on ‘The presence of Latin America in India through Educational Journey’ and Dr Murad Ahamad Khan reflected on the commonalities between India and Latin America and the growing demand for Spanish language in India.
Suhail Akhtar and Dr Subair PM delivered the opening remarks and extended the vote of thanks, respectively.
A 12-year-old boy, who was missing for the past two days, was found murdered in the gutter of an abandoned building in Machhiwara Bypass on Saturday. The victim has been identified as Harsh of Ambedkar Colony, Samrala. Police found a piece of cloth wrapped around the boy’s face and he had multiple injuries. Samrala police have sent the body to the civil hospital for postmortem and lodged a murder case against unidentified assailants.
With the arrest of two terrorists, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Saturday claimed to have solved the case of grenade attack on Ind police post in Ramban district on August 2, wherein two policemen were injured, officials said. An FIR was registered under sections 307, 120-B, 121 of the IPC and 4/5 of the Explosives Act at the Gool police station and investigations were taken up.
A labourer was arrested on Friday for allegedly bludgeoning Viren Sada’s nephew to death with a wooden log in Tugal village. His wife had left him and started living with the victim, a native of Saharsa in Bihar, 38, Upendra Sada, police said. The suspect’s wife, Saviya Devi said around 15 days ago, Viren also shifted to Tugal and started working as a farm labourer. A murder case has been registered against Viren.
Commonwealth Games 2022 silver medallist Vikas Thakur received a rousing reception as Thakur’s arrived in his hometown of Ludhiana on Saturday. Vikas, 28, who secured his third CWG medal for weightlifting in the 96-kg category in Birmingham, first reached Hotel Red Mango in Sahnewal with a huge cavalcade of supporters and police vehicles, where he was greeted with a floral welcome by hundreds of fans, neighbours and relatives.
Indian Army chief General Manoj Pande reviewed operational preparedness of troops along the Line of Control in Akhnoor, Rajouri and Poonch during his two-day visit to Jammu, which concluded on Saturday, said officials. It may be stated here that from May 12 to 14, the army chief had visited strategic Ladakh region on a three-day visit to review prevailing security situation and operational preparedness along Line of Actual Control with China and border with Pakistan.