GUWAHATI, July 8 � The International Conference on Asian Values and Human Future, jointly organised by the Assam Don Bosco University and the Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Hubei University, China, got under way in the absence of the entire 20-member Chinese delegation.
According to the organisers, �hitches in the timely procurement of travel documents from the Indian Embassy in China is said to be the cause of their absence.�
�We have been trying our best over the past weeks to get the delegation participate in the conference,� the organisers said.
Assam Don Bosco University Pro Vice Chancellor Fr Joseph Nellanatt, in a tweeted message, appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help bring the Chinese delegation. �I have no response yet from Modiji,� says Fr Nellatt.
Meanwhile, 60 other delegates representing about 20 universities and eight institutions from Bangladesh, India, Israel, Lebanon, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand and United Kingdom participated in the inaugural function held at the Azara campus of the Assam Don Bosco University on Tuesday.
Dignitaries in the inaugural function included the Chief Justice (acting) of the Gauhati High Court, K Sreedhar Rao, Assam Minister of Cultural Affairs Bismita Gogoi, Archbishop John Moolachira of Guwahati and former Archbishop of Guwahati Thomas Menamparampil.
The highlight of the inaugural session was an hour-long opening ceremony followed by a cultural programme of the Department of Cultural Affairs, Assam Government, and an exhibition on the history of Assam by the Assam State Museum.