SIVASAGAR: The Department of History, Gargaon College successfully organized an international webinar on 'Indo-Sri Lanka Relations towards Regional Prosperity in the context of COVID-19: Boon or Bane'.
The webinar was inaugurated by Dr. Sabyasachi Mahanta, Principal of Gargaon College. In his speech, Dr Mahanta highlighted the historic relationship between India and Sri Lanka. He further stressed the need for mutual cooperation for the prosperity of both the nations. The speaker of the webinar, Ravindra Chandrasiri Palliyasuruge in his presentation spoke on the cultural relations between the two nations. He highlighted the need of regional co-operation in South Asian continents for the prosperity of the region. In his speech, he appreciated Prime Minister Narendra Modi's positive role in revitalizing the South Asian Association for Regional Co-operation (SAARC) since 2014. He said that the people of Sri Lanka were grateful to India for initiating the SAARC emergency fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. He said that India had been supplying medicines and essential medical equipment to Sri Lanka to fight against the pandemic.
Palliyaguruge, who is a senior lecturer of Political Science in the University of Sabragumuwa, Sri Lanka, further added that digital platform was the utmost need for international relations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The webinar was co-ordinated by Dr. Raktim Pator. The technical aspect of the webinar was managed by Dr. Dimbeswar Das, Dr. Arandao Narzary. Dr. Baluram Das and Nilutpal Chutia. Anil Tanti, president of Gargaon College Teachers' Unit, attended the programme as special guest. A total of 159 participants from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bangladesh actively participated in the webinar.