Kamalesh Sharma is new Chancellor of UK university
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 20:12
London: Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary- General of the Commonwealth, is set to be installed as the Chancellor of the Queen's University of Belfast (QUB).

Described by Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Gregson as "a role model and an inspiration", Sharma has had a distinguished career as a diplomat who has served at ambassadorial level in five Indian missions.

Sharma will be installed as the Chancellor of the varsity at a function here today.

As Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, he works with 54 sovereign states on a global agenda which includes the promotion of peace, democracy and human rights, tolerance, respect and understanding, the rule of law, global access to health and education and the elimination of poverty.

"Kamalesh Sharma's eminent career demonstrates an unflinching dedication to building a better world through partnership and co-operation," the Vice-Chancellor said.

"One of the defining characteristics of his service as Secretary-General of the Commonwealth is his commitment to young people. I know he will be an inspiration to our students. I know too that he will be an inspiration to the wider University family and to our community," he said.

Gregson said as India's High Commissioner to the UK, Sharma made a series of visits to Northern Ireland, promoting business and trade between the region and the Indian sub-continent.


First Published: Thursday, December 10, 2009, 20:12

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