Voorwoord ambassadeur

I am delighted that India House Leuven will open its doors to the public on 5 October 2013. I congratulate the City Authorities and University of Leuven who originally conceived and developed this idea. The Embassy of India in Belgium has been actively engaged in making this laudable initiative a reality in such a short duration of time.

India House Leuven will be the perfect platform to showcase all that India has to offer, from ideas to art, past and present. It will house among other things a newly created Chair of Modern Indian Studies sponsored by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations.Leuven is the ideal venue for India House. An idyllic university town with a rich history and cultural heritage, it simultaneously has a contemporary youthful vibe because of its large student population and innovative industrial culture.

Indian presence is visible and palpable in Leuven. The prestigious University of Leuven has traditionally attracted hundreds of Indian students in disciplines as diverse as engineering and theology. 376 are enrolled for the current academic year and its resident student association including alumni boasts twice that number. KU Leuven offers excellent courses in modern Indian studies while Leuven India Focus hosts scores of India-focussed academic events every year. Moreover, university spin-offs such as imec and companies based in Leuven also increasingly collaborate with as well as employ Indians.

It is therefore not surprising that the cultural scene in Leuven has shown increasing interest in India, to which I trust India House Leuven will respond admirably. I would like to extend my best wishes to India House Leuven to become a hub for India-related activities not just for the residents of Leuven but for the whole of Belgium.

 

H.E. Mr Dinkar Khullar Ambassador of India to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union