ALIGARH: A team of the Royal Thai Embassy led by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Thailand to the republic of India, Mr. Pisan Manawapat visited the Aligarh Muslim University and met the senior functionaries of the University to discuss various issues including the well-being of Thai students and enhancement of cooperation between the Kingdom of Thailand and AMU.
AMU Registrar, Prof. V. K. Abdul Jaleel, while welcoming the Thai delegates, said that more than one hundred Thai students are enrolled at AMU in different courses. He said that the University was interested in accommodating more Thai students.
Prof. Jaleel said that mostly Thai students preferred to reside outside the hostels of the University. He hoped that after the new AMU Vice Chancellor having assumed the charge, the University would be ready to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Thai Embassy.
The Thai Ambassador, Mr. Pisan said that the Indian cultural influence on the Thai society has been most discernible. The Thai literary language and the official language contained Pali and Sanskrit serving as the Technical terminologies much the same way as Greek and Latin in the Western languages. He further said that the state ceremonies and court rituals in Thailand were heavily influenced by Indian culture and civilization. Referring to the role of the Aligarh Muslim University in the formation of Thai Muslim society, Mr. Pisan said AMU is considered one of the most prestigious institutions of the world and the majority of the Muslim students are interested to get admission in this University. He said that in 1970s, the number of Thai students in Aligarh was at the highest. He revealed that he was interested to providing scholarships and other incentives to the Thai students at Aligarh.
The Thai medical personnel accompanying the delegation interacted with the Thai students and organized a special medical checkup camp for them.
The other members of the Thai delegation included Mrs. Sasirit Tangulrat, Minister Counselor, Mr. Worawuth Bunchaliew, Minister Counselor, Mr. Praphan Samphaiworkit, First secretary and Mr. Pitchaya Sonjai, Second Secretary on Education Affairs. Some prominent physicians of Mohidol University were also accompanied the Ambassador.
The visiting team paid a floral tribute to the tomb of the founder, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan. On this occasion, Proctor and Foreign Students? Advisor, Prof. Mujahid Beg, Controller, Prof. Pervez Mustajab, Dean Students? Welfare, Prof. Ainul Haq Khan, Dean Faculty of Medicine, Prof. M. H. Beg, Principal, J. N. Medical College, Prof. Ashraf Malik, Finance Officer, Mrs. Yasmin Jalal Beg, Incharge Foreign Students, Dr. Kalimuddin Ahmad and the Public Relations Officer, Dr. Rahat Abrar also participated in the deliberations.