CANCHIPUR: 31st Jan, 2018
“Two-Day Workshop on Indo-Myanmar Cross Border Relations and Interactions: Past, Present and Future” was inaugurated today in the Conference Hall of Hotel Imphal at 12.30 P.M., organised by OKD Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati, in collaboration with Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Manipur University and Sasakawa Peace Foundation,Japan. Professor Adya Prasad Pandey, Hon’ble Vice-Chancellor Manipur University, Prof. Atul Sarma, Former Vice-Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, Mr.Shuichi Ohno, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, Prof. Bhupen Sarmah, Director, OKDISCD and Prof. Sanjib Baruah, Visiting Professor, OKDISCD graced the inaugural function as Chief Guest and Guests of honour, respectively. Prof. E BijoyKumar Singh, Director, CSSEIP, presided the function. The function began with felicitation of the dignitaries.
In his Chief Guest speech, professor Pandey stated that this is the need of the hour that we should understand and know each other very well. Indian government has taken up a lot of initiatives for the development of the region keeping in view to have very good relations with the South East Asian countries in terms of Socio-Economic, political and cultural aspects especially with border state Myanmar. Manipur State is the gateway of South East Asian countries and lot of opportunities are prevailing for both Manipur and Myanmar. These opportunities should be identified by both the parties to take maximum advantages out of it. “I understand that Indo Myanmar Cross border relations has been studied by many organisations. Even in Manipur University, we have Center for Myanmar Studies Center for Southeast Asian studies and Economics department ” he said. He further thanked Sasakawa Peace Foundation president and the research coordinator for coming all the way from Japan to encourage and inspire the researchers .He further congratulated the CSSEIP team for organising and managing seminar and workshop on very relevant issue under very trying circumstance.
All the dignitaries shared their views on the subject matter. The programme concluded with the Vote of thanks.