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The Greek Chair of Jawaharlal Nehru University will explore the history of Alexander in India. Historians and archaeologists from Greece and India will together collect evidence by visiting Malyana village in Himachal Pradesh and Kalash located in Khyber-Dar of Pakistan. In fact, the people of Malyana village and the Kalash tribe claim that they are the descendants of the soldiers who accompanied Alexander, who did not return. Apart from this, changes in industry, art, culture, language, lifestyle, army etc. in India after the arrival of Alexander will also be studied. On the basis of these reports, students will also get a chance to study further.
Professor Anil Kumar Singh, Greek Chair, School of Languages, JNU, said that the Greek Government had established the Greek Chair in the university in the year 1999-2000. The Greek government bears the entire cost of education, study, research etc. here. Here, studies are being done on language, literature and culture. Apart from working on historical documents, working on cultural, civilization exchange etc. The residents of Malyana village in Himachal and the Kalash tribe in Pakistan claim that they are the descendants of Alexander’s soldiers. No historical document has yet been found of the claim of the inhabitants of Malyana. Now after the study, we will prepare concrete documents.
At the same time, the experts of the Archaeological Department of Greece have found evidence of their claims in the Kalash tribe of Pakistan in the excavation. Actually nose, eye color, language, dress etc. are similar. From this it appeared that the soldiers of Alexander’s army who remained here, they would be their descendants or they must have had some connection with the Greeks. Experts will together find answers to these questions.
Experts from all over the world gathered in JNU
Greek foreign minister had come to JNU in March-2022. In his address, he emphasized on strengthening the relations between the two countries and working in the cultural, political and diplomacy areas. After this, a five-day international conference is being organized in JNU from December 12 on the theme of the era after Alexander came to India. It discussed the relationship, history, culture, trade, art etc. of Greece and India after the Alexander period. During this, a digital exhibition based on the biography of Alexander has also been put up. It also includes important documents related to Alexander.
Study of Gandhara art also
Professor Anil Kumar Singh said that in the post-Alexander era, both India and Greece came closer. This is called the Hellenistic Age. During this, 20 to 22 Greek kings ruled India (the area of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Punjab). Due to this reign, mixed culture was established in India. Art like Gandhara art came during this time. The technique was certainly western, but the theme was Indian. Gandhara art developed with Greek techniques and Indian themes. It will also be studied that how much has changed in Gandhara art after thousands of years.
For the first time, Indian students will be able to study in Greece: The Government of Greece has announced that Indian students will study history, culture, Greek language, archaeology, journalism and media studies in Greek universities on scholarship in a program organized in JNU on Wednesday. . It will be selected by the team of Greek Chair of JNU. In fact, for the first time, keeping in mind the Indian students, the Government of Greece has approved teaching in English language in addition to Greece in its universities. Under this, it has also been approved to start 100 to 150 programs in English language in Study in Greece from the academic session 2023-24.