PM Modi and Sheikh Hasina to inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan in Santiniketan
: PM Narendra Modi and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina in Santi Niketan. Both leaders will shortly inaugurate Bangladesh Bhavan
New Delhi, May 25: India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina share the dais for the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhawan here on May 25, officiating vice-chancellor of Visva-Bharati University.
Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, was also be invited to the programme.
Modi will also attend the convocation ceremony of Visva-Bharati University. It would be his maiden visit to the varsity after becoming its 'acharya' or chancellor
As per the rules of the university, a prime minister is its chancellor and the president of the country its 'paridarshaka' (visitor), who appoints the vice-chancellor
"We received the confirmation from the respective offices of both the countries today. The prime minister will give away degrees to students during the convocation of Visva-Bharati University, while he along with Hasina will be present during the inauguration of Bangladesh Bhawan," Sen said
Bangladesh Bhawan will house a library of books published in that country and a museum which will showcase its fight for freedom from the erstwhile West Pakistan
Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, whose family were 'zamindars' (land owners) of Silaidaha (now in Bangladesh), had started the Visva-Bharati University in 1921 with the proceeds of the Nobel Prize he had received in 1913
It was granted full university status in May, 1951 by the Government of India. Tagore's eldest son, Rathindranath Tagore, was its first 'upacharya' (vice chancellor).