AKIPRESS.COM - Mongolia today conferred its highest civilian award "North Star" on two noted Indian scholars for their contribution to Mongolian studies, reports Business Standard.
Mongolian Foreign Minister Lundeg Purevsuren conferred the award on Lokesh Chandra, president of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and Mansura Haider, former academic adviser at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), at ceremony at the Mongolian embassy.
This year being the 60th anniversary of Indo-Mongolian diplomatic relations, the award has been presented to two Indian scholars for their outstanding "contributions to the development of friendly relations between India and Mongolia and promotion of Mongolian studies".
"India and Mongolia are two of the earliest nations in Asia, with their friendship as old as Buddhism. The two countries are intertwined with spiritual cultural and spiritual bonds based on which our governments have established diplomatic relations," Purevsuren, who is on an official visit to India, said at the ceremony.
The minister also recalled the contributions of professor Raghu Vira, Lokesh Chandra's late father and a renowned scholar who invited students and scholars from Mongolia and revived the cultural and scientific ties between the two countries even before diplomatic relations were established.
In addition, to reassess the contribution of Genghis Khan, ICCR is going to organize an International conference in Mongolia on "Genghis Khan, his legacy and Indian culture" concurrently with the International Mongolian Congress in Ulaanbaatar in August.