Lawrence Technological University held a reception for Arun Kumar Singh, ambassador of India to the United States, on Oct. 16. (See Facebook for more photos: http://on.fb.me/1QNe3lt).
Earlier in the day, the ambassador spoke at the Detroit Economic Club where he was introduced by LTU President Virinder Moudgil.
Singh is a career diplomat who has previously served as India’s ambassador to Israel and France. He has served in the Indian missions to the United Nations and Russia, and has had a leadership role in India’s relations with Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iran.
India is an important partner of the United States in trade and defense, and President Barack Obama visited the country earlier this year. India is the largest democracy in the world, as well as the largest English-speaking country.
Singh’s visit to LTU began with a tour of the Center for Innovative Materials Research conducted by University Distinguished Professor Nabil Grace, dean of LTU’s College of Engineering.
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence, and Southfield Mayor Donald Fracassi welcomed the ambassador during the program, and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell also attended.
Some 600 students from India attend Lawrence Tech, and Gomanth Duvvuru, president of the LTU Association of Indian Students, also welcomed the ambassador. LTU student Swapna Giduthuri sang the Indian national anthem, and Carmen Gibes sang the U.S. national anthem.
In his remarks, Singh emphasized the importance of education for the future of India. He said he is not worried about the potential “brain drain” that can result when too many outstanding Indian students choose to remain in a foreign country after completing their education there. More students are returning to their homeland with their advanced skills, and even those who remain in other countries often return later or promote business with India.
The ambassador received an enthusiastic reception from LTU’s Indian students, who crowded around him at the conclusion of the program.