[About this blog] Inspired by local soccer player Mike Lim during my rookie reporter days at Singapore Polytechnic, I set up this blog in August 2002. I feel that blogging is a novel platform to document interesting facets of my life and my thoughts on certain issues. [Email blogger] ephraim@singnet.com.sg

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

[Inauguration of the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre]
The Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre was officially inaugurated at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) this morning by Nobel Prize laureate Prof Amartya Sen. Both he and Prof Wang Gungwu, ISEAS Chairman, gave wonderful speeches, each a counterpoint to the other.

The Buddhist Lodge has been a major patron of the Centre. At the launch of the Centre on Tuesday morning, Mr Lee Bock Guan donated an additional $300,000 (over the $1million given earlier).

The Centre will be partner to the new Nalanda University which is being established near the site of the ancient university in Bihar. Prof Sen chairs a committee of mentors overseeing the work, of which I am privileged to be a member.

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