20th India Japan Students' Conference

Acting Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Mr. Yasuhiko Tanaka, attended the inauguration ceremony of the 20th India Japan Students’ Conference as the Guest of Honor on 11 August 2016 at Dr. Triguna Sen Auditorium, Jadavpur University in Kolkata organized by the Nihongo Kaiwa Kyookai Society (NKKS).
Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar, Vice Chancellor, University of Burdwan graced the occasion as chief guest. Performances from the Indian and Japanese students, each group depicting the rich culture and heritage of their own country were showcased brilliantly.

Mr. Yasuhiko Tanaka expressed pleasure in stating that the Governments of both Japan and India are making genuine efforts to ensure that the youth are given opportunities to broaden their horizon through exchange of ideas with varied cultures. He briefed the audience about Jenesys program by which Indian students and professionals are invited to visit Japan and the MEXT scholarship which is awarded to outstanding Indian students to study in Japan.
Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar spoke about existence of India Japan mutual cooperation since time immemorial, even beyond the pages of history. He expressed deep appreciation about the existence of a program like the India Japan Students’ Conference, which is a unique platform for the youth of the two countries to garner friendship and exchange ideas, and commended the organizers for implementing it successfully over the years.

         from right:
    Mr. Yasuhiko Tanaka, Acting Consul General of Japan in Kolkata
    Prof. Smritikumar Sarkar, Vice Chacellor, Burdwan University
    Ms. Manami Kato, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Japan in Kolkata
    Mr. Jayanata Kumar Saha, President, Nihongo Kaiwa Kyookai Society
    Ms. Hiroko Nagahama, Founder, India Japan Students’ Conference
    Mrs. Kazuko Nigam, Founder, India Japan Students’ Conference & 
                                       Chief Patron, Nihongo Kaiwa Kyookai Society

This year 20 university students from India and 10 university students from Japan participated in the conference held in Kolkata from 11 to 19 August 2016.  Table discussion on socio-cultural, scientific and economic issues, sight-seeing and visits to various places of interests including a NGO (Child Care Home), a factory (Hitachi KK Mfg. Co. Pvt. Ltd.) and a school (Ballygunge Siksha Sadan) were implemented in addition to Home Stays where an Indian participant hosted his or her Japanese counterpart at their respective homes.

The India Japan Students’ Conference has been providing a unique platform for cultural exchanges and friendship, in order to promote better understanding between the young citizens of both India and Japan since the past 20 years. Pioneered by Mrs. Kazuko Nigam from Kolkata and Ms. Hiroko Nagahama from Tokyo the conference takes place every year, with a cycle of one edition in Japan and the following two in India.