Consul General Mr. Zheng Xiyuan attended inaugural Ceremony of the Certificate course in Archaeology of Buddhism in Deccan College


On 28th September, 2016 Mr. Zheng Xiyuan, Chinese Consul General in Mumbai  inaugurated the certificate course in Archaeology of Buddhism in Deccan College, Pune. Chancellor Dr. A.P. Jamkhedkar, Vice Chancellor Prof. Vasant Shinde, Pro-Vice Chancellor Mrs. Jayashree Sathe and Head of the Department of Archaeology Mrs Sushma Deo were present on the dais.  

During the speech, Prof Shinde said that the reason why the college initiated this course because till today the Buddhism is being taught through literature. There are many Buddhist study centres across India, however through archaeology of Buddhist sites in India, it can be taught in more practical way.


Consul General Mr. Zheng Xiyuan praised the certification course as it received a good response in the start and congratulated the faculty and the students. He said that his mission in Mumbai is to enhance the local relationship between China and India through strong cultural and commercial ties. And sister-city relationship is one of the measures to strengthen the relationship. Buddhism once spread from India to China. Xuan Zang narrated various interesting stories about India in his travelogue. He mentioned about Aurangabad Caves, Kumbhamela etc. This shows that both the countries have long and deep historic connection. Aurangabad and Dunhuang are sister cities. Ajanta caves and Mogao caves are  the great  symbolic works  of Buddhism in both nations. The Consulate General would like to take initiative and support those activities which help to promote the cultural ties between the two countries. He wished the ties with Deccan College could grow stronger and stronger through program exchanges.




Deccan College is the Deemed University and 3rd old University in India established in 1821. It has 300 students of post graduation, research and PHD. Out of which 120 students belong to Archaeology. The University has Archaeology, Linguistics and Sanskrit- Lexicography departments.

Madam Li Fanghui accompanied Consul General Mr. Zheng Xiyuan.



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