The British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, met with Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday. They engaged in discussions covering various topics, including collaboration on sustainability, health, and education initiatives between the northeastern state and the European country.
The chief minister passionately advocated for strengthened cooperation between India and the UK, emphasizing the promotion of a sustainable economy. This includes key initiatives such as electric vehicles and afforestation.
The British high commissioner expressed admiration for the achievements of the ‘Amrit Brikshya’ plantation program, which set a world record, as mentioned by the Chief Minister’s Office on the micro-blogging platform ‘X’. Furthermore, officials engaged in discussions to enable enhanced opportunities for students from Assam to apply for the Chevening scholarship.
The chief minister highlighted the emotional significance of ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ in Assamese society and proposed expanded accessibility for scholars and researchers.
Assamese weavers crafted ‘Vrindavani Vastra’ in the 16th century under the guidance of Assam’s Vaishnavite scholar Srimanta Sankardeva. It depicts the childhood exploits of Lord Krishna in Vrindavan.
“Great pleasure to meet @himantabiswa this morning to discuss #UK #ASSAM cooperation on sustainability, health, education. Remarkable things are happening in the North East”, Ellis posted on ‘X’.
— Alex Ellis (@AlexWEllis) December 4, 2023
The chief minister, in a reply to the tweet, said that it was an absolute pleasure meeting the high commissioner.