Indian high commissioner Riva Ganguly Das on Thursday said the Indian government plans to promote connectivity and economic development through river-centric communications among people in the region.
Cross-river communications were a reality in last five thousand years and people in the region now require to revive that, the high commissioner said in her statement as guest of honour at an international conference in Dhaka.
The University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh organised the four-day eighth SSEASR international conference on the theme ‘River and Religion: Connecting Cultures of South and Southeast Asia’ at its campus in the capital.
Education minister Dipu Moni was the chief guest at the inaugural function of the conference.
She hoped that the conference would show Bangladesh and the people ways to develop cultural ties with people and countries in South and Southeast Asia.
ULAB vice-chancellor HM Jahirul Haque, professor Shahnaj Husne Jahan, eighth SSEASR conference president Amariva Lochan, National Museum in India director general BR Mani also spoke at the programme.
Two photo exhibitions and book fair, among other events, were also organised on the occasion of the conference being attended by scores of scholars from 30 countries.
Thirty-seven academic sessions were expected to be held in the conference that would end on July 16.
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