courtesy of RK MFA press service
Al-Farabi Kazakh-Indian scientific-educational and cultural center has opened in the capital of India, Kazpravda.kz reports with reference to the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India.
The project was implemented by the al-Farabi Kazakh National University at the active assistance of the Embassy of Kazakhstan in India.
The opening of the Center is timed to the 1150th anniversary of al-Farabi, which will be celebrated under the auspices of UNESCO in 2020.
“Al-Farabi House will open its doors to anyone who wants to get acquainted with the history and culture of Kazakhstan. The Center’s activities are aimed at developing a cultural dialogue and will further strengthen cooperation between Kazakhstan and India,” said Bulat Sarsenbayev, Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan in India.
In turn, the director of the center, Mir Hussein, added that the institution will also provide students with information about the educational system in Kazakhstan, existing exchange programs between students. He will provide the necessary counseling to those wishing to study in Kazakhstan.
The opening ceremony of the Al-Farabi House was attended by representatives of government, business and public circles, research institutes and think tanks, and Indian media. The guest of honor of the event was the Minister of State for Youth and Sports of India, Mr. Kiren Rijiju.
The outstanding thinker of the East Abu Nasr al-Farabi was born (870) in the town of Farab, now called Otrar (South Kazakhstan region of modern Kazakhstan). In the IX-X centuries, Otrar was a major political, cultural and commercial center and was the nodal point of the caravan routes of the Great Silk Road.
The legacy of al-Farabi covers virtually all the areas of science. His systematization and classification of sciences had a powerful impact on the subsequent development of world scientific thought.
In Europe already in the XII-XIII centuries, works by al-Farabi were translated into Latin and Hebrew, and in 1930-1932 in Paris, a French translation of the first part of the Great Book of Music was published.
The name al-Farabi has firmly entered the history of world science and culture. His works, having a great influence on the European Renaissance, became a connecting bridge for the rapprochement of cultures and philosophies of the West and the East.