On Friday 12 October 2012, Mrs. Banashri Bose Harrison, Indian Ambassador to Sweden and Latvia, made her first visit to Lund. Her main mission was to participate in the installation seminar of the new ICCR Visiting Indian Professor at Lund University (more information about the seminar). In addition to this she also attended a fruitful meeting with prominent Lund University researchers working on India related projects. The meeting was organized by SASNET, and was held at the Division of External Relations (ER).
Gunilla Carlecrantz, Head of International Relations introduced the meeting and ER representatives Niklas Nannskog, Elisabeth Axell and Henrik Hofvendahl presented the India and South Asia related Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programmes that Lund University coordinates since 2008. Anna Lindberg, Lars Eklund and Jonathan Stoltz represented SASNET.
The researchers who attended the meeting were:
- Baboo Nair, Division of Applied Nutrition and Food Chemistry
- Aneeta Rajendran, Centre for Gender Studies
- Håkan Hydén, Division of Sociology of Law
- Pernille Gooch, Division of Human Ecology
- Ebbe Nordlander, Division of Chemical Physics
- Neelambar Hatti, Department of Economic History
- Anna Lindberg, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and Director of SASNET
- Peder Hjort, Division of Water Resources Engineering
- Staffan Lindberg, Department of Sociology
- Olle Qvarnström, Department of History and Anthropology of Religion
- Arun Rana, Division of Water Resources Engineering
The researchers each gave a short presentation on themselves and their research. The discussion then mostly revolved around how to increase and facilitate the exchange of students and researchers between universities in India and universities in Sweden, in particular Lund University. It was clear that this was an issue of great importance for the Ambassador, and the possibilities for future cooperation between the Indian Embassy and Lund University regarding this matter were discussed.
The Ambassador also met with the Lund University Vice Chancellor, Professor Per Eriksson, who hosted a dinner in honour of the Ambassador. There she also met more representatives of the Faculty of Engineering (LTH), including Professor Rajni Hatti Kaul, Dept. of Biotechnology, a department strongly involved in India related research.