TORONTO, June 21, 2013 – The Honourable Asha Seth delivered greetings on behalf of the Prime Minister to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s Annual Member Council Meeting held at York University last Friday. Senator Seth was joined by other distinguished guests, including consulate general Preeti Saran, former High Commissioner to Canada in India and current President of the Canada India Business Council Peter Sutherland, Dr. Sheila Embleton, Shastri President Dr. Ranbir Singh, Dr. Sinha, and Shastri President Elect, Dr. Shanti Johnson.

Senator Seth delivered some words on behalf of the Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper, declaring the Government of Canada’s support: “During my visit to India in the fall of 2012, I was once again impressed by India’s vibrant democracy and its emerging status as an economic superpower. Canada stands ready to deepen our significant partnership with India in order to advance our common interests and to promote new opportunities for the benefit of both our peoples. The Shastri IndoCanadian Institute will continue to play a vital part in these efforts”.

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges. Their internships and fellowships provide opportunities for individuals to gain first-hand experience in India or Canada.

Senator Asha Seth supports the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute’s mandate by bringing awareness to the organization and recognizing their achievements. Her tireless work to improve the economic, academic and cultural relationships between India and Canada strongly aligns with the work of Shastri, and she was very proud to be part of their successful evening.

Senator Seth, addressing the guests, remarked “It is because of my strong appreciation for learning that I have always stood behind the vision of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute to create a compassionate, progressive, sustainable civil society in Canada and India by promoting academic research, dialogue, and exchange”.

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