Vietnamese diplomat and educator Pham Sanh Chau, who is serving as Vietnam’s ambassador to India since 2018, believes investing in the youth and “people-to-people exchanges” are the most important way to build lasting peace in any region, including South Asia.
This is one of the reasons that his country has just signed Memorandums of Understanding with three Indian universities to encourage Vietnamese students to study in India.
The ‘Ambassador’s Scholarship Programme’ will pay for the tuition fee, lodging and meal costs of Vietnamese students in undergraduate, masters and PhD courses in Integral University of Lucknow, Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology in Bhubaneswar, and Rishihood University of Sonepat, Haryana.
Born in Myanmar in 1961, Chau was a young boy when Vietnam went through one of the worst phases in its history and one of the most significant wars of the modern world. Often called a ‘Cold War proxy war’, the northern and southern parts of the country were wracked in a bloody conflict fuelled by international powers – the communist nations of Soviet Union and China on one side, and their opponents mainly the US, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Australia on the other.