India’s Federal Minister for Agriculture Sharad Pawar, who was recently elected as ICC (International Cricket Council) President, came calling at Queenstown campus in Singapore on June 29, 2010.
Singapore, which was chosen as the conference venue by the ICC, saw Sharad Pawar taking over as the President of ICC, the second Indian to do so. The Global Indian School was proud to host Mr. Pawar and his wife Mrs Pratibha Pawar. The guests were received by Global Indian Foundation chairman Atul Temurnikar and Mr. Akhil Kulkarni, President of the MMS.
Also present at the occasion were Mr Tsewang Namgyal, Deputy High Commissioner, High Commission of India, and members from MMS (Maharashtra Mandal Singapore), the co-hosts for the evening programme.
Mr Pawar recalled how he had come to know about the commencement of Maharashtra Mandal in Singapore a few years back. He spoke about the Akhil Bhartiya Marathi Parishad conducted in New Jersey last month and made a point of reminding the audience that wherever the Marathi ‘manoos’ will go he will start a mandal followed by Ganpati, Diwali and Gudi Padva. (See the videos of Mr. Pawar’s address at the school. Part-II and Part-I
“Apart from political life my interest lies in sports especially cricket. I would like to see more girls play cricket in India,” he said. It is good that Atul Temurnikar has developed so many schools and is considering developing more schools. I congratulate him for his good work and achievements, Mr. Pawar said amidst a thunderous round of applause.
A message penned by him for GIIS fraternity conveys: “I was very impressed to see the Global Indian International School here in Singapore. The excellent infrastructure they have put up for providing quality education and promoting the high Indian tradition, culture and values are indeed very commendable. My best wishes to all the students, staff and management of GIIS.”
As the school reopens afterthe holidays and the campus bustles again with students GIIS looks forward to such visits from dignitaries who are leaders in their chosen fields and who can inspire GIIS students.