Gandhi statue unveiled at New South Wales univ
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 01:01
Melbourne: A bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi has been unveiled in the University of New South Wales in Sydney, as a mark of close ties the Indian community has with Australia.

The sculpture that stands in the lawns of the library of the University was gifted to the institution by the Indian government, along with a collection of books, an official statement said.

Sydney-based Indian diplomat Amit Dasgupta, who had presented the gifts in October last year when the crisis related to attacks on India students was at its peak, acknowledged the work being done by the University in maintaining close relations with the Indian community and providing a safe environment for Indian students.

At the unveiling, Dasgupta said education and globalisation are both key in spreading messages against violence.

"Gandhi was born in India, but he belongs to each and every one of you," he said, speaking of his message of non-violence.

Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer said the sculpture that stands in one of the most prominent places at the University has already attracted much interest from students.

Dasgupta, the Vice-Chancellor and the Treasurer of NSW Eric Roozendaal unveiled the sculpture in the presence of the University members and people from the Indian community.

The event was held on the 100th anniversary of Wattle Day that is celebrated on September 1.

Wattles are the first plants that rise from the ashes of bushfires and provide protection for other seedlings.

"Wattle is to be a lasting symbol of student safety at UNSW," Pro-Vice-Chancellor Jennie Lang said, adding, the plant will be grown around campus as a message of goodwill.


First Published: Wednesday, September 08, 2010, 01:01

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