The London School of Economics (LSE), South Asia Centre hosted a Reception for the LSE Alumni from Pakistan in the UK on 16 February 2016. H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Professor Craig Calhoun, LSE President & Director were invited as Chief guests. Director South Asia Centre Dr Mukulika Banerjee was also present at the Reception.
In his welcome remarks, Professor Calhoun termed the establishment of the South Asia Centre at the LSE a milestone that reflects more than 70-year relationship between the School and the region. The Centre, he stated, would enhance the School’s academic engagement with South Asia through research collaboration and knowledge exchange. He added that students from Pakistan form one of the largest international contingents on campus with over 200 students studying in LSE, and appreciated their proactive role at the Centre.
In his remarks, the High Commissioner commended the outstanding work of the South Asia Centre in promoting educational collaboration between the South Asian countries. He welcomed the visit of the Director LSE and his team to Pakistan and hoped that it would enhance research and educational collaboration between the two countries.
The High Commissioner appreciated the hard work and dedication of the Pakistani students and termed them the “real ambassadors of Pakistan”. He advised them to make full use of this opportunity by dedicating themselves to education. He also commended the LSE Alumni from Pakistan, who have made the country proud by excelling in all fields, and encouraged them to enhance their engagement with the High Commission.
The President briefed the audiences on his upcoming visit to Pakistan, aimed at strengthening cooperation between LSE and country’s educational institutions. During his visit, Professor Calhoun would meet the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Chairman Senate, Chief Minister of Punjab and other senior officials from various educational institutions. He also thanked the High Commissioner for being the first envoy among the South Asian countries to address the Centre.
Director South Asia Centre Dr Banerjee gave an overview of the history, mandate and activities of the Centre. She shared that the Centre plans to organize a number of events including an educational conference in Pakistan on the 70th Anniversary of Pakistan’s Independence next year.
The LSE South Asia Centre was established in June 2015 to provide a platform for launching coordinated and sustained engagement with the South Asian region. The Centre focuses on developing new research projects and collaborations, exchange of knowledge between the UK and South Asia-based academics, expansion of academic engagement with new South Asian partners, hosting of public events, including lectures and seminars, facilitation of online debate on South Asian issues, and forecasting political, economic, environmental and development trends across the region.