Attending the ceremony, the presentative of Embassy of India in Hanoi were Ms. Tshering La Nina, Deputy Head of Mission; Mr Joachim Chandran Fernando, First Secretary; on the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics side, there were Assoc. Prof. Le Van Toan, Director of Centre for Indian Studies and the representatives from the Department of International Cooperation, the Institute for Scientific Information, Center for Indian Studies and the Office of the Academy.
During her term of office of more than two years (from 2013 to present), at her position as Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of India to Vietnam, Ms. Preeti Saran helped strengthen ties between the Academy and Indian partners. Notably, the Academy signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Bangalore Institute of Management, India on 20 November 2013 and the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) - an organization of public ownership, with function of training and retraining middle and senior officials for the federal system of government and state governments of India in October 2014.
Especially, with the help and support of Mrs. Preeti Saran, the Centre for Indian Studies, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics was established and inauguarated by President of Vietnam, H. E. Mr. Truong Tan Sang, and President of India, H. E. Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on 15 September 2014.
Before Mrs. Preeti Saran ended her working term in Vietnam and returning home, undertaking the task of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. PhD. Ta Ngoc Tan, Member of the Party Central Committee, President of the Academy decided to award her a medal “For the contribution to the development of the Academy”, the most prestigious award of the Academy to honor her positive contributions and dedication during the past term.
Expressing her honor to receive the highest award of the Academy, Mrs. Preeti Saran said it was the highlight, unforgettable memories of her working term in Vietnam. She hoped that Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics in general and Centre for Indian Studies in particular, with their position, role and function, will continue to promote further the strategic partnership between the two countries.
At the ceremony, on behalf of the leaders of the Academy, Prof. PhD. Ta Ngoc Tan congratulated Mrs. Preeti Saran for her successful completion of her term of office in Vietnam and her higher new mission in the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He hoped that, on any working position, she will continue to support the Academy and makes a positive contribution to further strengthen the friendly relation and cooperation between Vietnam and India.
On this occasion, Mrs. Preeti Saran sincerely wished the 12th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam a success and awarded the financial support of the Government of India to the Centre for Indian Studies, Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics under the previous cooperation agreement between the two parties. /.