Delhi and Colombo building on legacy of ‘Going Green’ - Indian High Commissioner

COLOMBO (The Island/ANN) - Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu says that going green has always been part of the two nations' legacy.

India and Sri Lanka have long history and tradition of harmonious coexistence between man and nature. Both countries have values that cherish, nourish and protect environment, Indian High Commissioner Taranjit Singh Sandhu said addressing the 2nd International Symposium on Social Sciences and Humanities yesterday.

He said that for ‘India and Sri Lanka going green is not a new motto and has always been part of our very existence. India and Sri Lanka are only building on our legacy.’

The 2nd International Symposium on Social Sciences and Humanities is being organised by the National Centre for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (NCAS) in collaboration with University Grants Commission and Ministry of Higher Education of Sri Lanka on 12 and 13 December 2019.

The theme for this year’s symposium is ‘Development towards Sustainability’. The High Commissioner of India participated as the Chief Guest at the event.

In his address, he focused on the importance of innovation for a clean, green, smart and sustainable growth. He mentioned that India is home today to 26 unicorns ie., startup companies valued at over $1 billion. He also complimented spirit of innovation amongst young Sri Lankan scientists who are now making satellites and are providing key elements of software to global giants such as Ebay and Syscolabs.

Noting the efforts made by India and Sri Lanka towards building a greener, cleaner planet, the High Commissioner mentioned that India and Sri Lanka were Founding Members of important initiatives such as International Solar Alliance, which focused on renewables. India had announced a USD 100 million credit line to develop solar projects in Sri Lanka. Both India and Sri Lanka had also been jointly funding research programmes in Science & Technology for close to a decade and were partners in South Asia satellite which aids socio-economic development and welfare needs of the region through tele-education, tele-medicine, disaster management support etc., he said

Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, the High Commissioner said that ‘The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.’ He invited the young scholars to think of alternative models which were available, affordable and accessible and also invited them to fully avail of the benefits of several scholarships and training programmes that were fully-funded by the Government of India and are available to young scholars in Sri Lanka.

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