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Indian ambassador pays LTU a visit

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published October 28, 2015

 Ambassador of India to the U.S. Arun Kumar Singh speaks with Lawrence Technological University students Oct. 16 at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery on campus.

Ambassador of India to the U.S. Arun Kumar Singh speaks with Lawrence Technological University students Oct. 16 at the University Technology and Learning Center Gallery on campus.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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SOUTHFIELD — The ambassador of India to the U.S. paid a visit to Lawrence Technological University recently.


Following a tour of the Center for Innovative Materials Research from University President Virdinder Moudgil, a reception was held Oct. 16 for the ambassador, Arun Kumar Singh, featuring a handful of local elected officials at the University Technology and Learning Center  Gallery on campus.


Reception attendees enjoyed hors d’oeuvres before Moudgil took to the stage to welcome the ambassador and guests. Afterward, the U.S. and Indian national anthems were sung.


According to Eric Pope, LTU media representative, Singh is a career diplomat who has previously served as India’s ambassador to Israel and France. He has also served in the Indian missions to the United Nations and Russia.


Singh said he was honored to be recognized at the reception, and he spoke about relations between India and the U.S.


“I’m especially delighted to be here because I think this event symbolizes the importance of cooperation between (the) U.S. and India in education,” Singh said.


He discussed how education in the U.S. has helped both countries.


“Indians who have come and studied here and maybe work here for a while, many of them go back to India and they work there and set up businesses there, and even if they don’t go back there, they’re working on setup businesses in India or working on building trade and relationships between India and the U.S., and that is enabled by modern technology,” Singh said.


Gomanth Duvuuru, president of the Association of Indian Students, welcomed Singh to the school and spoke about the Indian student population at the school.


“There are students from all different corners of the globe. Each year, over 100 Indian students are graduating from Lawrence Tech,” Duvuuru said. “Currently, Lawrence Tech has a family of over 600 Indian students.”


Acting Mayor Donald Fracassi spoke on the importance of the partnership between Southfield and the university.


“You see the entranceways into our community, and this is the home of Lawrence Tech, and we’re so very, very proud of our partnerships and the things we do together,” Fracassi said. “So, all those that are here as guests, I’d like to just say what a fine university you are now visiting and what a great city you are visiting. We’re very glad you’re here, ambassador.”


U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence and Sen. Debbie Stabenow helped welcome the ambassador to Southfield. Lawrence discussed economic relations between the U.S. and the rest of the world.


“We are very committed to growing this economy and our relationships. We understand this world is not confined now to just the border of our country, that this is a global economy,” Lawrence said.


Stabenow also spoke on partnerships between the U.S. and India.


“There’s been a very important, robust dialogue between our leaders that happened last month, as we know, in Washington. I know that Ambassador Singh knows we share so many objectives in regional security, defense and trade, climate change and energy — a lot of mutual interest. We have an opportunity to create partnerships that will greatly expand the potential for both of us,” Stabenow said.


U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, City Administrator Fred Zorn and Treasurer Irv Lowenberg were also present at the reception.

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