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India needs to address requirements of SAARC countries: V-C

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Political stability and economic development of the region should be the bedrock for SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) group countries, opined experts at the one-day workshop on ‘Twenty Nine Years of SAARC: An Appraisal to mark the SAARC Foundation Day’, which was organised by the Centre for SAARC Studies of Andhra University, here on Monday.

Addressing the gathering of research scholars, students and faculty members, Vice-Chancellor of AU Prof. G.S.N. Raju said that SAARC was formed with the objective to promote accelerated growth, cultural and economic exchange and development and harness talent, among the group of countries.

He further added that many of the countries in the group are looking towards India as big brother and India needs to address their requirement.

Director GITAM Law School and former Vice-Chancellor of Damodaram Sanjivayya National Law University (DSNLU), Y. Satyanarayana in his address pointed out that for the development of SAARC region, the countries first need to address the internal conflicts. Former Principal of College of Arts, Commerce and Law, AU, Prof. K. Venkateswarlu, gave an insight on how the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) to start SAARC research centres in the country. “We started four centres in the country and one of them is located in AU,” he said.

Former Dean of Academic Affairs, AU, Prof. Jagadeswara Rao, Director of SAARC Centre Prof. M. Prasada Rao and others spoke.

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