Ambassador of India to Armenia: Our Relations with Armenia are on the Right Path
"Armedia" IAA presents an exclusive interview with Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Armenia
- Your Excellency, will you, please, describe the current Indo-Armenian relations?
- The modern relations are built on the basis of our historical and traditionally friendly relations. In ancient India Armenians never had any problems with the inhabitants, they maintained cordial relations, they did their trade honestly, opened their companies there.
I can recall from my student days that there were twinning relations between Indian states and Soviet republics. And my state Andhra Pradesh was a sister-state with Soviet Armenia. That time many Armenians used to come to
- And that time you couldn’t, Yes, imagine that one day you will come to that country as an Ambassador?
So our relations are extremely on the right path. We understand
- India supports Armenia on various sectors: education, agriculture, IT, health. Could you elaborate this in more details?
So with that idea we started helping those countries: we offered financial aid, machinery, equipment, tractors.
By the way,
After 1991 we started to help in training specialists since every country should have its own trained, professional specialists. Through ITEC program (Indian Technical & economic Cooperation) in almost 20 years we trained more than 300 Armenian specialists. We regularly give also ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural relations) scholarships. We renovated schools in
We don’t compare our modest assistance with other big countries, close countries to
Right now there are almost 950 Indian students studying in the
Recently we have executed a half million dollar program, called "Telemedicine" in 10 hospitals of
As you know, we are one of the world leaders in IT sector. Only in this sector the turnover is worth more than 40bln dollars, 25 bln – pharmaceuticals. These are the strong areas of
Another project implemented by us was computerization of schools of Tavush region. All 73 schools of this region were provided with computer laboratories with computers, scanners, printers, so children can have regular computer-classes. We offered to replicate the same project in Vayots Dzor, we’ll do the same project in this region’s almost 50 schools.
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