Riverside County Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Indian Delegation

High-ranking dignitaries were studying finance at UCR Extension

Sharon Duffy, dean of UCR Extension, greets A K Sharan from the National Institute of Financial Management in India. Photo by Carrie Rosema.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu)  — The Riverside County Office of Foreign Trade hosted a reception Thursday, Oct. 25, for a delegation of 43 dignitaries from India, who were studying American finance and economics at UC Riverside Extension for two weeks.

“We are honored to have such a distinguished delegation of cabinet officers from the nation and states of India, along with military officers, defense officials, and business leaders as our official guests,” County Supervisor Jeff Stone said. “India and Riverside County will continue to build our relationships in hopes of opening markets for goods built and grown here. We also welcome her international investors, local job creators, and tourists to our county.”

The reception was jointly hosted by the County of Riverside, UCR Extension, the cities of Riverside, Lake Elsinore and Desert Hot Springs, and Southern California Gas Company.

An earlier reception took place at the home of UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White and his wife, Karen White.

The delegation’s two-week visit was part of a two-year finance program through India’s National Institute of Financial Management, which provides financial training for senior Indian public servants. It was the first time the institute has sent its government leaders to the United States.

Anupam Kulshreshtha, director of the institute and former deputy comptroller and auditor general of India, said he was looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with UCR.

“We came here primarily on a learning experience,” Kulshreshtha said.  “I would say it’s been highly successful both inside the classroom and outside as well.”

One thing that surprised Kulshreshtha was how “intelligent” the city of Riverside was in terms of its use of information technology in all aspects of government from administration to traffic management to law enforcement.  Kulshreshtha and the delegation were also impressed with presentations by leaders in the City of Jurupa Valley.

UCR Extension was responsible for creating the customized Financial Management and Governance Executive Program for the visiting dignitaries. Extension’s International Education Programs arranged a series of presentations on various aspects of city and state government, such as public-private partnerships, non-profit characteristics, social entrepreneurship and lessons learned from the U.S. financial crisis. The presentations were delivered by local government and community leaders, UCR faculty and administrators, and business leaders.

Chancellor Timothy P. White speaks with members of a delegation from India at a recent reception. Photo by Carrie Rosema.

“This program presented a wonderful opportunity for UCR and the Inland community to build bridges with top government leaders in India.  We are thrilled about this new partnership,” said Extension Dean Sharon Duffy

The delegation visited with government and education officials in Riverside and surrounding communities and toured the sights of Southern California on the weekends. N. Parthasarathi, Consul General of India, came from San Francisco to congratulate the participants in a certificate ceremony at Extension on Friday.

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