Government dialogue between India and the US has reached an unprecedented level in our relationships, observed US Consul General Jennifer McIntyre during the graduation ceremony of Alpha Arts and Science College held on its premises in Porur on Saturday.
In her address, McIntyre said a slew of initiatives to promote research and education has been launched due to this increased dialogue. India will have the largest Fulbright Scholar Exchange Programme worldwide. “More than 17,000 fellowships and grants have been awarded so far. Student and visitor exchanges will be further strengthened. More than 1,00,000 Indians are currently studying in the US and an increasing number of Americans are opting for India to study,” she said.
Principal Dr Leela Abraham welcomed the gathering. McIntyre distributed prizes and medals to the students. G Hagini, the student president of the college, was awarded the ‘Kannamma Jeya Best Outgoing Student’ award along with a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and a gold medal. Hagini was part of the Alpha SIFE team that represented India in Berlin and won the silver among 40 participating nations. Alan Jacob Abraham was adjudged ‘Best Alpha Boy’. More than 350 students received their degree and diploma certificates.
Chairperson of the Alpha Group of Institutions Dr Grace George presided over the event. Governing board members PCR Suresh, senior vice president, Scope International and Dr M S Mathews, head, Building Engineering Department, IIT Madras, participated. Vice principal Dr R Santhi proposed the vote of thanks.