Indian community of St. Maarten contributes to primary and tertiary educationPOSTED: 01/31/12 12:36 PM
St. Maarten – The Indian Merchant Association (IMA) of St. Maarten has opened the door for the country to establish technical and economic cooperation with the Republic of India. The announcement was made at Saturday’s Republic Day celebration hosted by the IMA at Belair Community Centre.
IMA Vice-President Peter Mirpuri announced at the ceremony said that the coveted opportunity would be given to a promising and disciplined student who is selected by the government to get a full scholarship. He hopes the scholarship recipient will “benefit tremendously and bring back with him/her a wealth of knowledge and experience.”
Interested applicants have up until March to submit their portfolios for consideration in the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation program which was established in 1964. St.Maarten has now joined the list of developing countries that are benefiting from the expertise of one of the global leaders in science, technology, trade and commerce.
India’s 63rd Republican anniversary was observed on Thursday January 26. It commemorates the date upon which the country’s constitution was enacted. Mirpuri said that even though Indians take pride in their land of birth, they have been successfully grafted into the fabric of the St.Maarten society.
“Though India is our motherland, St. Maarten is our home. Many more challenges and goals are ahead of us. We believe that together with courage, confidence and determination we can and will build a strong and successful country St. Maarten,” Mirpuri said.
Prime Minister Wescot-Williams asserted that “St. Maarten is a model of tolerance and acceptance” as she expressed her government’s thanks for the scholarship opportunity.
As part of its culture of helping the less fortunate, the IMA also made a cheque donation of $1, 000 to the Ruby Labega Parent Teacher Foundation. Foundation president Shanna Cornet said the money will go towards “clean-up efforts”.
A traditional Indian dance with intricate foot and handwork praising the “mother country India” was done by Aparna Samaga. Three of the winners who represented Imbali Centre for Dance and Creative Movement at the Concours Federation Regionale de Dance Guadeloupe last year also performed.
Attendees at this year’s event were also treated to a video presentation under the theme “Incredible India, Cradle of the Human Race.” The IMA says it will continue to contribute to the social and economic development of St. Maarten.