The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, opened on Friday the annual meeting of the South Asia Foundation at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The South Asia Foundation (SAF), founded in 2000 by UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Madanjeet Singh, promotes regional cooperation and peace through education, understanding and friendship among the people of South Asia.
UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and former diplomat Madanjeet Singh has announced Rs. 1 crore as earthquake relief for Pakistan and Rs. 50 lakh for the reconstruction of schools in his hometown of Uri, Jammu and Kashmir.
The BeaconHouse National University (BNU) has given admission ton 14students from South Asia Foundation for Regional Cooperation (SAARC)countries on schorlarship offered to them by the South Asia Foundation(SAF).
Within the South Asia Foundation, an ambitious educational project, called the South Asia Foundation Learning Initiative or SAFLI in short, was established in September 2002, linking a number of Open Universities in SAARC countries.