India and Indonesia celebrates the first State Hindu university in Bali

It has been accorded university status by the Widodo administration to highlight the importance of I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa’s devotion to the nation and his contribution to understand the ethos of Hinduism and the civilisation roots is a Muslim dominated country.

ndonesia has instituted the first State Hindu university of the country in Denpasar, Bali. On January 31, Indonesian President Joao Widodo signed the decree for the new university named after I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa, a famous religious, education and community leader of the country.

Previously this university was the State Hindu Dharma Institute. It has been accorded university status by the Widodo administration to highlight the importance of I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa’s devotion to the nation and his contribution to understand the ethos of Hinduism and the civilisation roots is a Muslim dominated country.

Explaining this decision, Indonesia’s ambassador to India, Sidharto R. Suryodipuro told India Today TV, “This university signifies the strength of pluralism in countries like India and Indonesia, where we believe that all can contribute to the development of the whole.”

Coincidentally, the religious leader who breathed his last on November 22, 1973, was named after the famous character in Ramayana called Sugreev.

“We, the entire academic community of IHDN Denpasar, are grateful for the issuance of Presidential Regulation number 20 year 2020 concerning I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa Denpasar Hindu University, which was signed by President Jokowi last Friday,” said IHDN Denpasar Rector, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, quoted from the broadcast press, Monday.

While India and Indonesia share strong relations, this university could pave the way for exchange students going to Indonesia to study certain aspects of Hinduism taught there and students from State Hindu University (UHN) I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa could travel to India.