~ Honoured by the Italian Government for his continuous efforts towards building relations with Italian education institutions and Somaiya Vidyavihar ~
Shri Samir Somaiya, President, Somaiya Vidyavihar and Chancellor, Somaiya Vidyavihar University was honoured by the Government of Italy and was conferred the title of ‘Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy’ on 19th October.
The Consul General - Alessandro De Masi presented the award that was signed by the President of Italy, along with a citation. This award marks the deep appreciation of the Italian Government for his continuous efforts to build relations with Italian education institutions and Somaiya Vidyavihar, and the support he has extended to the Italian language education over the last decade.
Speaking about receiving this honour, Samir Somaiya, President, Somaiya Vidyavihar and Chancellor Somaiya Vidyavihar University, says, “I am deeply grateful to the Government of Italy and the Consul General for giving us this honour. I was truly honoured and humbled to receive this. I must recognize the work of my father, Dr. Shantilal Karamshi Somaiya and the entire team at Somaiya Vidyavihar for such an effort. My father started the tradition of reaching out and believed that the world deserved to be a better place (as we all do), but he felt that the best means of trying this would be to reach out and have a dialogue with others. Following in his footsteps, I have kept the tradition alive by establishing academic, cultural and spiritual links with the nation of Italy. Let us keep celebrating the diversity that we all share in this world and keep trying to make it a better place by reaching out and making purposeful and powerful connections.”
The ’Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy' distinction is awarded by the President of the Italian Republic and qualifies as a second civilian honour of the State, and represents a particular honour on behalf of all those who have acquired special merit in the promotion of friendly relations and cooperation between Italy and other countries and the promotion of ties with Italy.