Beaconhouse National University
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January 28, 2013
Condolence Reference for Amb. Madanjeet Singh held at BNU
A condolence reference to pay tribute to late Amb. Madanjeet Singh was held today at Beaconhouse National University (BNU),
Tarogil Campus. Mrs. Nasreen Mahmud Kasuri, Chairperson, BNU Board of Governors presided over the session along with Vice Chancellor,
Mr. Sartaj Aziz and Dean, School of Visual Arts and Design and Chairperson, South Asia Foundation (SAF), Prof. Salima Hashmi.
The speakers at the occasion included editor of the Lahore-based news-weekly The Friday Times, Mrs. Jugnu Mohsin, former Vice Chancellor, Government College University, Prof. Dr. Khalid Aftab and Prof. Sajjad Kausar of BNU School of Architecture besides South Asia Foundation Scholars, Ms. Sakunthala Galanga (Sri Lanka), Ms. Pratima Thakali (Nepal) and Mr. Koshal Hamal (Nepal).
A large number of faculty, students and SAF scholars from Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and Pakistan were present.
The UNESCO Madanjeet Institute of South Asian Art at BNU was initiated with patronage from late Amb. Madanjeet Singh through SAF which was started by him as a movement to promote sustainable cultural, educational and economic development throughout the region.
On account of the SAF scholarships, young people from as far as Afghanistan, Bhutan, Maldives, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka come every year to the city of Lahore to study art and design at BNU.
So far 57 scholars have availed SAF scholarships at BNU including 21 from Pakistan, 7 from Afghanistan, 6 from Bhutan, 5 each from India, Bangladesh and Nepal and 4 each from Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Madanjeet Singh, a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2000, passed away in the south of France on January 06, 2013 following a stroke. Born in Lahore on April 16, 1924, he graduated from the Government College, Lahore and then received further education in Europe.
Amb. Madanjeet Singh was an authority on Himalayan Art. His publications include 'Himalayan Art', 'The Sun in Myth and Art', 'This my people", 'Renewable energy of the Sun'. Some of his works are in the National Museum of Art in Stockholm.
Photo-credits: Penguin Books, India