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US Consulate representatives visit GITAM University

Published: 24th Mar 2021 5:03 pm

Sangareddy: The Kautilya School of Public Policy, Hyderabad, GITAM (Deemed to be University), hosted a team from the United States Consulate General, Hyderabad, for a stimulating session touching upon themes ranging from Indo-US relations to the need for public diplomacy programs for next-generation leaders. The visit translated into a synergy of international relationship building between the US Consulate team and the faculty members of the institute at the campus.

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The team from the US Consulate constituted David Moyer, Public Affairs Officer;  Salil Kader, Cultural Affairs Advisor; and  Senthil Kumar, Cultural Affairs Assistant. Various topics such as the new administration’s priorities, consulate operations and public diplomacy programs were brought to the forefront.

Prof Siva Prasad, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of GITAM and Sridhar Pabbisetty, Founding Director, Kautilya School of Public Policy, spoke about strong collaborations in the coming years between GITAM and US Consulate on various fronts. Later in the event, the US Consulate team interacted with the faculty and staff from Kautilya School of Public Policy and GITAM.

Speaking at the occasion, Public Affairs Officer David Moyer outlined his hope for continued collaboration between the Kautilya School of Public Policy and the US Consulate General in Hyderabad. He spoke about the importance of partnerships between US and Indian higher education institutions in all fields, including public policy. He said, “The strong ties between Telangana in particular and India in general and the United States can become even stronger through student and faculty connections. We hope more US students will choose to study in India in addition to the large number of Indian students pursuing degrees in the US. Our visit today to the campus is a testimony of our commitment to strengthening the relations of our two countries.”

Sridhar Pabbisetty said,”Both India and US are at pivotal moments in their respective journeys, and for both, decisive and well-informed policies will make the difference. At Kautilya, we recognise the importance this reality holds for both our countries and across regions where our respective influence extends. This visit by our friends from the US Consulate is only the first step towards what I perceive as a strengthening of ties and a foregrounding of how our shared commitment to diplomacy, mutual enrichment through knowledge-based exchanges, and relevant research partnerships.”

Relations between India and the United States have seen an upward trajectory over the last two decades, and this trend is expected to continue further. With the US continuing to remain India’s comprehensive ally and associate in the region, this event helped explore and build common ground on policy on the social, economic, and political fronts.

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