Richard Verma visits Isabella Thoburn College in Lucknow
By Abha Manakatala - Thu Aug 20, 12:12 pm
U.S.Ambassador Richard Verma today visited Isabella Thoburn college at Lucknow and talked out to its faculty mem,bers and students.
Apart from thanking college President Dr Dr. Sunita Charles and Principal Dr. Vinita Prakash for the invitation,he expressed his pleasure to meet its students.
“It is a pleasure to see so many bright young faces here, and an honor to have the opportunity to speak to you today. Getting out of New Delhi and engaging with students such as yourselves is one of the best parts of my job. I am constantly impressed and inspired by the talent and the energy that I see in India’s youth. The future of this great country is in good hands with you”,he said.
Further Verma said:”I am particularly pleased to be at this institution because of the deep and rich connections it shares with the United States.”
Infact,this school’s namesake,Ms. Isabella Thoburn,was a young American teacher who set sail for India in 1869, over 140 years ago. “As someone who thinks a 15 hour flight between New York and New Delhi can be difficult, I have great admiration for those who made the long journey by boat, without the conveniences of modern aviation. Ms. Thoburn was a visionary woman, however, and was determined to travel to India so as to help expand educational opportunities – particularly for women and girls”,said the U.S.Ambassador.
He added:”Ms. Thoburn’s vision lives on here, with all of you, and the great educational tradition this school represents. IT College is regarded as a premier institution of higher education here in North India. Your graduates include trailblazers such as Isha Basant Joshi, the first female IAS officer in India; Dr. Mohini Giri, the first Chairperson of the National Commission for Women; and Qurratulain Hyder, the celebrated Urdu novelist.”