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Faleiro bats for Konkani studies in Portugal

Panaji: Former Union minister of state for foreign affairs Eduardo Faleiro, on Wednesday said the state government should ensure that facilities to study Konkani are provided in Portugal. He said that during his last visit to Portugal, he was told that Goans residing there needed facilities to study Konkani to enable themselves and their children to remain connected to their cultural roots.Several prominent individuals of Indian origin had also complained to him about the absence of any Indian cultural centre in that country, he said, pointing out that India was the only major country with no cultural presence in Portugal. Faleiro said that while the Portuguese government has been funding the study of Portuguese culture and language in Goa and elsewhere in India for the last several years, there was no presence of India at academic institutions in Portugal.
Referring to the 11 agreements signed between the Indian and Portuguese governments during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent visit to Portugal, which includes one about establishment of a chair of Indian studies at the University of Lisbon and development of a Hindi-Portuguese dictionary, Faleiro said, the agreement merely endorsed an existing arrangement. “Both facilities already exist at the University of Lisbon and were created at my insistence by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations,” he said. [TOI]

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