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Ireland India Council Summer Lecture Series 
Busting Bureaucracy: Lessons from India

The Office of European Parliament, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Monday 26th August, 2013

10.00 AM


Mr. Ashoka Rastogi
Former Secretary Government of India

Mr. Ashoka Rastogi has held a variety of senior positions in the Indian Administrative Services at Federal level and in the State Government of Tamil Nadu. His public and private sector experience covers such diverse activities as maritime transport, shipyards, mining, metals and heavy capital goods production.

He has been involved as a highly valued consultant in areas such as corporate governance, mediation, arbitration, conflict resolution and affirmative action for socioeconomic groups and ethnic communities.

Mr. Rastogi traced the development of India’s bureaucracy from the colonial Indian Civil Service under the Raj to the service today charged with meeting the development needs of a major world economy and the world’s largest democracy.

India over the last two decades has had to meet the challenges, problems and stresses thrown up by the transition from a closed, strictly licensed, economy to the openness and flexibility required by globalization. There is much to be learned from both the positives and negatives of the experience.

Mr. Rastogi’s observations and insights as an active player in this transition was undoubtedly a considerable interest for those in Irish people in Government, politics and the business community with an interest in developing trade agreements and further commercial links between our two countries.



Diwali Festival of Lights- 2012 in The City Hall

The Ireland-India Council in conjunction with the Dublin City Council Celebrated Diwali-Festival of Lights/Feilena Soilse/ दीपावली in Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 12th November 2012. The festival attended by hundreds of attendees from the corporate and academic sectors, in addition to community leaders and media personalities along with senior government officials.

 Dublin’s Lord Mayor Naoise Ó Muirí lit the light one of over 200 candles, with the help of 6 year old Pratyush Shukla, representing the victory of good over evil, light over darkness and knowledge over ignorance which is what Diwali is all about. Diwali in India is like Christmas in Ireland. It is the most important festival in the Hindu cultural calendar.

The event was also covered on the RTE News on Tuesday 14th November, BBC and many other media outfits in Ireland and Europe.  For the next 6 days you will be able see this coverage of the event on RTE Player at the following link.

Exclusive event photographs are available on following link. http://www.demotix.com/news/1592306/diwali-festival-lights-celebration-dublin/all-media

Lord Mayor of Dublin Naoise Ó Muirí said “I would like to wish the Indian Community in Dublin and indeed further afield across our island all the very best in their Festival of Lights, (Diwali) celebration for 2012.  The 2011 census showed that one in five people living in Ireland were born outside the State with a third of those born abroad living here in Dublin.  The capital, therefore, has a key role to play in determining how successfully our new communities will integrate.  Bringing different cultures to Dublin City is most welcome and I look forward to attending the event in City Hall, Dublin on Monday 12th November next.”

The Ambassador of Ireland to India H.E. Mr. Feilim McLaughlin commented “The success of last year’s Diwali celebration in Dublin was a sign of the growing relationship between Ireland and India, which is illustrated by the increasing numbers of students, artists and business people moving between the two countries.  Within the next month more than 60 representatives of Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other third level colleges will visit India, led by Minister of State, Ciarán Cannon. A series of initiatives is also planned in the commercial and cultural spheres”

The event is hosted by Ireland-India Council in Conjunction with Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration, Event attended by hundreds of attendees from the corporate, academic and community sectors.


Mr Srikant Jena Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India, who also holds additional charge for Chemicals & Fertilizers, was on a four day visit to Ireland from 20-23 August, 2011. He was accompanied by a delegation comprising Additional Secretary, Ministry of Statistics & Program Implementation, Mr Pankaj Jain, Director General of the Statistics Mr S. K. Das, and his Private Secretary Mr Rajesh Agarwal. The Minister’s visit/meetings arranged, coordinated and facilitated by the Ireland-India Council. Read More 

Lecture on “Data Collection in Emerging Economies: Challenges and Prospects”  by Mr Shrikant Kumar Jena, M. P., Honourable Minister, Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India.

Date: 22 August, 2011 Time: 11. 00 Hrs. to 13.30 Hrs.

Venue: Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

How to book:  The event is open to the public, there is no admission fee.

To request an invite please email your name and contact details at events@irelandindiacouncil.ie


Mr. Srikant Kumar Jena wan born in Ratnagiri, District of Jajpur, Orissa and graduated from  Kendrapara College, Utkal University, Cuttack, India. Mr. Jena began his political career during his student life and served on many different positions at the state and national level in India.

Mr. Jena was appointed Minister of State, Industry and Urban Development, Government of Orissa in 1979. He served as the President of Yuva Janta of Orissa State and he was elected for three consecutive terms to the Orissa State Legislative Assembly.

In 1996, Mr. Jena served as Union Cabinet Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Tourism in Government of India and in 1990, Mr. Srikant Jena was appointed as Union Minister of State, Small Scale Industry, Agro and Rural Industries. In 1991 he was appointed Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Science and Technology.

Presently Mr. Jena is serving his fourth term in Indian National Parliament (Lok Sabha). Recently he has been appointed Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation, Government of India, in addition to his charge as the Union Minister of State, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers.

In his address Minister Jena will outline the “Data Collection in Emerging Economies: Challenges and Prospects”.


Launch of the Munster Chapter of the Ireland India Council (IIC) on 15 June, 2011

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The Munster Chapter of the Ireland-India Council was launched in the Cork Institute of Technology on 15 June, 2011. Prominent members of Irish-Indian community, business leaders and academics attended the ceremony.  Read More





Wednesday 24th November, 2010: “Ireland and India: an historical perspective”  By: Dr Kate O'Malley

The Ireland-India Council (IIC), in cooperation with the European Commission Representation in Ireland is organizing a talk by Irish historian Dr Kate O’Malley titled “Ireland and India: an historical perspective”, on Wednesday 24th November 2010, at 3.00 p.m. in European Union House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

Dr O’ Malley will talk about pre independence connections between Ireland and India.  During this period an affinity between Irish and Indian nationalists blossomed on the strength of their respective independence movements. She will talk about some of the keen friendships that developed between a variety of agitators from both sides. She will focus on Subhas Chandra Bose’s and V.J. Patel’s time in Europe.
Dr O'Malley works for the Royal Irish Academy's Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series.  She is a graduate and associate of Trinity College Dublin. She has written extensively on Indo-Irish relations and her book 'Ireland, India and empire' was published by Manchester University Press in 2008.
The event is open to the public. There is no admission fee and all are welcome.
For further details and RSVP, please e-mail at: events@irelandindiacouncil.ie 

 An evening of festivity to celebrate Diwali
Friday 5th November, 2010
Indian Information & Cultural Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8
4.00 pm - 6.00 pm
Guests of Honour for the celebration will be Minister Conor Lenihan, TD, Minister Mary White TD
His Excellency P. S. Raghavan, Ambassador of India to Ireland, Lord Mayor of Dublin Cllr. Gerry Breen, Lord Mayor of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Cllr. Lettie McCarthy and Deputy Mayor of Fingal County Council Cllr. Peter Coyle
This event is fully booked and we are running with a long waiting list.
For further information please contact to Ms Loreto Redmond at loreto.redmond@irelandindiacouncil.ie or 01- 4053868 between 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm or mobile 0862657024
(Diwali is a festival of light; Indians celebrate it to pray for wealth and joy)

IIC Summer Lecture 2010
 “Relations between India and Ireland: The Coming Decade”
Ambassador of Ireland to India
Followed by a panel discussion
At 6.00 pm on Thursday 1st July, 2010 
In the Lawrence Crowley Board Room, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, UCD, Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland
Please RSVP to events@irelandindiacouncil.ie or 01-4131241 


Ambassador Kenneth Thompson

Ambassador Kenneth Thompson born in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 1950, educated in Trinity College Dublin and St John’s College Cambridge. Mr Thompson began his diplomatic career in 1974 and served at different positions in Head Quarter and many important countries around the world including Ambassador to Argentina (also Bolivia, Chile, Uruguay), Ambassador & Permanent Representation to EU, Brussels. Since November, 2008 Mr Thompson is Ambassador to India (it also includes Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal). Ambassador Thompson initiated many initiatives in India to strategically position Ireland in India specifically research, education, tourism and trade & commerce, last year he commissioned a study to “scope out the possibilities for S & T cooperation between Ireland and India”. Ambassador Thompson visualizing greater economic, cultural and educational relations in the coming decades as size of opportunities exists between two countries are enormous.   



25 February 2010
The Helix, DCU, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Theme: To promote and Catalyse Irish-Indian Collaborations in Science, Technology, Engineering and Biomedical Research
1400 – 1700 Hrs                                              Program / Schedule
2.00pm         Tea/Coffee/Registration 
2.30pm         Welcome Message from DCU
                     Welcome message from IIC
2.35pm         Lighting of the Lamp by the Speakers
2.40pm        H. E. Mr. P. S. Raghavan, Ambassador of India: “The Overview of the Ireland-India Bilateral S & T Cooperation”.
2.50pm         Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, President of DCU: “How DCU is building links with India”.
3.00pm         Dr. Ruth Freeman, Director, Enterprise and International Affairs, Science Foundation Ireland: “Science Foundation   Ireland: supporting international research linkages”.
3.10pm         Dr. Conor O’ Carroll, Research Director, Irish Universities Association (IUA) and Irish Representative for7 EU Framework Program: “Promoting Mobility of Students and Researchers”
3.20pm         Professor Eamonn Cashell, Cork Institute of Technology: "Strengthening Ireland-India S & T Collaboration through Bilateral Links: University of Pune - Cork Institute of Technology"
3.30pm         Professor Richard O’ Kennedy, Dublin City University: 'Great Opportunities - Present and Potential Collaborations with India'
3.40pm         Dr. Satish Kumar, Queen's University Belfast: “Science & Technology and University Partnerships: Some Emerging Trends”.  
3.50pm         Professor Michael Coey, Trinity College Dublin: “Trinity College and India - Past and Present”.
4.00pm         Mr. Aidan Hodson, Principal Officer, Office of the Science, Technology & Innovation, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: "The framework for Science and Technology Cooperation between Ireland and India". 
4.10pm         Professor Brian Norton, President, Dublin Institute of Technology: Closing Key Note
4.20pm         Open forum /Questions and Answers
4.55pm         Vote of thanks/conference ends