`A celebration of history and geography'

CHENNAI. SEPT. 6. The weeklong William Lambton Commemorative exhibition of old maps, interspersed with lectures and mapping competitions, was a "celebration of history and geography", a speaker observed during the valedictory function held here this evening.

The series of lectures were organised by the Lalit Kala Akademi, the Association of British Scholars (ABS), the Survey of India, INTACH, the Geography Teachers Association and The British Council to promote teaching of geography.

Eunice Crook of The British Council, speaking on Indo-British partnership, said the two countries shared a long history based on mutual respect.

"Over 3,00,000 tourists from the UK visit India every year. Last year, as many as 10,000 Indians visited Scotland," she said.

In his valedictory address, the Surveyor General of India, Prithvish Nag, talking on the role of Survey of India, mentioned that the organisation had donated about Rs. 50 lakhs to the Anna University for its projects and had produced two films for educational purposes.

The vice-president, ABS, P. M. Belliappa, said the society had recently announced scholarships in art and criticism, in association with The British Council.

The deadline for the scholarship was September 10.

P.T. Krishnan of INTACH and A.A. Amudhavalli of the ABS were among others who spoke.

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