Dhaka – Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi have jointly inaugurated the Bangladesh Bhavan at Shanti Niketan in the Indian State of West Bengal.
Inaugurating the newly constructed building of Bangladesh Bhaban on Friday Bisva Bharati University, both Hasina and Modi hoped that the building would consider a symbol of unity between the two next-door neighbours.
Bangladesh Bhavan in Shantiniketan would enhance the cultural bond between Bangladesh and India which would further strengthen bilateral relationship, said Hasina who flew to West Bengal earlier in the day.
“This is a small piece of Bangladesh in Tagore’s Santiniketan from where the spirit of Bangladesh will be reflected … this spirit influenced by Rabindranath will be unique in its own way,” she said
Bangladesh Bhavan would be a symbol of cultural exchange between Bangladesh and India, said Modi. He thanked Prime Minister Hasina for visiting Santiniketan.
Bangladesh spent nearly 25 crore rupees for the construction of this two-storey building, which will facilitate research on culture, history, literature and other issues between Bangladesh and India.
The building has a library, auditorium, cafeteria, archive, museum with digital features, and other necessary amenities.
Bangladeshi Prime Minister Hasina declared a one-time corpus fund equivalent to 10 core rupee for the maintenance of the building and conducting its activities.
The Visva-Bharati University at Kolkata has allotted a piece of land for the construction of the Bhavan near its Indira Gandhi Centre.
Bangladesh Bhavan will be the focal point for scholars involved in research and studies related to Bangladesh, according to a release of the Bangladesh High Commission in India.