Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (File/AP)
Myanmar's iconic pro-democracy leader Aung San
Suu Kyi is visiting India from Nov 13-18, her first trip to the country after a
gap of nearly 40 years.
Suu Kyi will deliver the Jawaharlal Nehru Memorial Lecture
here Nov 14, the ministry of external affairs said here Friday.
She is to meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during her
Manmohan Singh had extended an invitation to Suu Kyi to
visit India when he was in Myanmar in May.
Suu Kyi, chairperson of the National League for Democracy,
had accepted an invite from United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia
Gandhi in her capacity as Chairperson of Nehru Memorial Fund to deliver the
Nehru Memorial Lecture.
She is also scheduled to call on Vice President Hamid
Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar and External Affairs Minister Salman
Khurshid, a statement said.
Myanmar's opposition leader was conferred the Jawaharlal
Nehru Award for International Understanding in 1992.
Suu Kyi will visit her alma mater, Lady Sri Ram College,
where she will interact with the faculty and students and also visit The Energy
and Resources Institute.
She will also travel to Bangalore where she will visit the
Indian Institute of Science and the Infosys Campus.
She is also scheduled to tour rural areas in Andhra Pradesh
to gain a firsthand impression of the rural development and women's empowerment
programmes being undertaken in India.
Suu Kyi's India visit is part of India's "ongoing
engagement with the democratic and multi-party polity in Myanmar. It would
provide opportunity to exchange views on all matters of mutual interest with a
view to building upon the positive momentum in India-Myanmar relations."
India and Myanmar have strengthened their "close and
friendly relations" with exchanges of high-level visits, including the
state visits of the Myanmar President Thein Sein to India in October 2011 and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Myanmar in May 2012.
Suu Kyi was under house arrest in Myanmar for almost 15 of
the 21 years from July 20, 1989, until her release Nov 13, 2010.
Her connection to India goes back to her youth when her
mother, Khin Kyi, was appointed ambassador to India and Nepal in 1960.
Suu Kyi studied in the Convent of Jesus and Mary School, and
graduated from Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi with a degree in politics in