The University of Pardubice has received a gift of 100 books from H.E. Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Czech Republic. During her visit, the Ambassador met Indian students and received the University Medal from Jiří Málek, Rector.
This summer semester the University has received 500 foreign students from 68 countries, with 16 students coming from India.
“For the life of a modern and prestigious university it is necessary to establish ties between Czech students and teachers and the international community. It is a must not only for quality research, but also for promoting personal relations and mutual understanding. We are interested in all types of cooperation with the Republic of India, and we will further enhance such cooperation,” said Prof. Ing. Jiří Málek, DrSc, Rector of the University of Pardubice.
The Ambassador visited university research centres for nanotechnology and electrical engineering. She also met Indian and Czech students and teachers that visited partner universities in India. “There have always been warm relations between India and the Czech Republic, and I am happy to see that thousands of Indian students can study at Czech schools. It would be great if the number of Indian students in the Czech Republic as well as the number of Czech students at Indian universities increased even further. Our educational system is the third biggest in the world, and I appreciate the quality of Czech higher education,” said Mrs. Narinder Chauhan, Ambassador of the Republic of India to the Czech Republic.
There are student and teacher exchanges in place between the University of Pardubice and Indian institutions; the University has also organized a summer school for the Indian colleagues, and is engaged in research cooperation. There are Indian PhD students at the Center of Materials and Nanotechnologies of the Faculty of Chemical Technology, and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics develops cooperation with the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
The books donated by the Ambassador to the University include all genres. “They include books on the history and present of India, books written by Gándhí or Nehrúa, the founding fathers of Indian independence, as well translations of famous Indian epic poems and other stories, contemporary writing, tourist guides and cook books. Anyone interested in India will undoubtedly find something to their linking among the new books,” said doc. Mgr. Martin Fárek, Ph.D. of the Department of Religious Studies of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Pardubice; it was him who was involved in the University joining the Indian Platform and enabled first internships of students from Pardubice in India as part of the Discover India Program.