November 9, 2016
Nalanda University in collaboration with the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in Kolkata organised a one day seminar on “Xuan Zang and China-India Friendly Interactions” on November 7, 2016 in Kolkata, India. The seminar was organised to discuss the life and achievements of Xuan Zang and the range of related issues, including Cultural Buddhist exchanges between China and India, Buddhism and Cultural Ties between India and China .
The Seminar was inaugurated by Dr. Gopa Sabharwal, Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University and Mr. Ma Zhanwu, Consul General of PR China in Kolkata. Professor Max Deeg, Cardiff University and Professor Wang Bangwei, Peking University delivered key-note speeches.
Several distinguished scholars from universities and research institutions in India and overseas like Professor Upinder Singh, Delhi University, Professor Xue Keqiao, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Dr. Zhang Xing, Peking University, Dr. Sraman Mukherjee, Nalanda University and Dr. Bijoy Choudhary, Director, K.P. Jayaswal Research Institute presented papers and offered insights into various issues.
In her closing remarks Vice Chancellor Dr. Sabharwal thanked the Consulate General of PR China in Kolkata for organising the seminar in collaboration with Nalanda University, and noted that there was a great amount of work to be done on several key issues such as cultural exchanges between India and China, Xuan Zang’s journey to India and its contribution to Buddhist Archaeology She stressed that there is a need for institutional collaboration to discuss various themes in the history of India-China relations from multidisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives.
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