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Cable hails Telgu community’s role in British society
Business Secretary Vince Cable MP has hailed the role of Telgu community in British economy especially during the difficult times of current financial crisis. He was addressing at a dinner hosted by the UK Telgu Association to mark its first anniversary.
The Business Secretary said that India is a thriving economic power on the world’s map due to creativity and hard work of its people. He said he would soon visit India to bolster trade and commerce ties between the two countries.
Throwing light on aims and objectives of the organisation, UKTA president Prabhakar Kaza said that they are offering guidance to students, IT professionals and business community to further build their professional and entrepreneurial capacity. He said UKTA also organises social and cultural events to give families of its members chance to interact and have fun together. “We are planning to start Telgu language classes in near future”.
Mr Kaza told that as many as 17000 of the 35000 Indian students studying in Britain at present belong to Andhra Pardesh. He said previously students could obtain work visa upon completion of their education but now they are facing hardships in finding work owing recent changes in immigration laws. “Our organisation is working closely with the community to help people get employment.”
He said UKTA is offering assistance to the students of tier-2 universities including Greenwich University where student councils do not exist. Similarly, the association has launched various programs for business community besides offering free advice and advertising opportunity on our website for those who have lost their jobs and are now looking for work or planning to start business.
ETA’s founding president Dr C Babu Rao said that such events bind their kids to their roots while living abroad. Famous Telgu film actor Vinkatesh lauded the role UKTA saying the organisation is doing a great job to help the overseas community.
Political and Information Minister at the Indiaqn High Commission C Rajasekhar said that the whole world is watching India’s economic progress which is growing at the rate of 8 to 9 per cent per annum. Member of Indian parliament Dr Killi Kruparani and others also addressed the gathering while Sharlina, Deepthi, Suman, Kalyani, Shan and Srinivas performed traditional dances.
A souvenir of the organisation was released on the occasion while Dr Nirmala Rao OBE and Mrs Purnima Tanuku OBE were given honorary shields on receiving OBE from the Queen.