Indonesian CG encourages students of Sindh University, Jamshoro to conduct research on Indonesia

​Indonesian Consul General in Karachi, Hadi Santoso encouraged students of Sindh University, Jamshoro to take maximum advantage of scholarship offered by the Indonesian Government to study at higher educational institutions in Indonesia and conduct research on social and cultural live of Indonesian people. “We are committed to further strengthening bilateral relations between Indonesia and Pakistan, particularly in the economic, socio-cultural and tourism sectors,” he said while delivering a lecture as a keynote speaker in a one day international seminar on “New Emerging Trends of Pakistan-Indonesia Cooperation: Challenges & Opportunities” held in Area Study Centre, Far East & South East Asia, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, Monday (6/4/2015).

Indonesia and Pakistan are enjoying strong bilateral cooperation which is reflected in strong exchange of visits between government officials, academicians, businessmen and visitors of the two countries. “The strong historical bonds and national characteristics similarities between Indonesia and Pakistan could serve as a foundation to further strengthen the bilateral relations for mutually rewarding partnership in the years ahead, particularly in trade, socio-cultural, tourism and investment,” said Indonesian Consul General. More than fifty post-graduate students of International Relations & Political Science, some researchers, scholars and faculty members of the university attended the event.
In response to some questions raised by the faculty members regarding opening of an Indonesian Corner in the Area Study Centre Library and academic collaboration between Area Study Centre and higher educational institutions in Indonesia, Indonesian Consul General highly appreciated the initiative and reiterated that as a representative of the Indonesian Government in Sindh Province, Indonesian Consulate General in Karachi is committed to building educational cooperation with the educational institutions in Sindh Province, including Area Study Centre, University of Sindh, Jamshoro, as it is one of the potential growth areas in the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Pakistan that could be further developed for the promotion of quality education and research.
The issue of terrorism, sectarian conflict and extremism in Pakistan were also highlighted by Director Area Study Centre, University of Peshawar, Prof. Dr. Sarfaraz Khan while delivering his research paper on the event. He noted that Pakistan should learn from Indonesia, a big country with pluralistic society and how they managed their differences in fruitful ways where inter-religious relations co-existed in peace and harmony in the light of “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika”, the official national motto of Indonesia which means Unity in Diversity.
University of Sindh, Jamshoro is one of the oldest and leading universities in Pakistan. Established in 1947, the university is noted for research in literature, natural sciences, philosophy, and Sindhology. Now, the university has more than 43 teaching institutes/centres/departments, while the Area Study Centre, Far East & South East Asia is the only centre in Pakistan that focuses on academic course and research on Indonesia. (Source: Indonesian Consulate General, Karachi)