At the noon of January 3rd, Mr. Ye Ruqiang, the chairman of Shanghai Library governing board, met with the delegation from the Indian Visva-Bharati University, led by Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof. Swapan Datta and included his wife; Prof. Kailash Pattanaik, Dean of Studies; Prof. Amit Hazra, Dean of School of Languages; Prof. Avijit Banerjee, chairperson of Institute of Chinese Language and Culture, as well as six student representatives.
Mr. Zhu Yong of the Yunnan Provincial Foreign Affairs Office, who came in company with the delegation, and Mr. Yu Jiang, head of the General Office of Shanghai Library, was also present at the meeting.
During a brief yet impressive tour, the delegation was showed around the Innovation Space, the e-Book Experience Space, the reference lending reception desk and the big data screen. Prof. Swapan Datta was particularly interested in the e-book lending business of Shanghai Library.
The Calcutta-based Visva-Bharati University was founded by Rabindranath Tagore. Traditionally the post of Chancellor is taken by the incumbent prime minster of India, nowadays Mr. Narendra Modi.
A large number of students with proficient Chinese language skills have been graduated from the Cheena Bhavana (Institute of Chinese Language and Culture) of the University; many have made proactive contributions to promote the friendly relationship between China and India.
At the end of 2015, the Shanghai Library delegation led by Mr. Ye Ruqiang paid a visit to Calcutta and inked a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation with the Visva-Bharati University as the 45th “Window of Shanghai” partner located along the strategic “OBOR” route.
And this return visit, taking place two months later, demonstrated how much the University cherishes the relationship with Shanghai Library, which is set to herald the firm steps taken in the future in facilitating the cooperation of “Window of Shanghai”.