Former Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo will be the new chancellor of Nalanda University, announced Indian external affairs ministry today.
“George Yeo, former Foreign Minister of Singapore is to be the new Chancellor of Nalanda University,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup was quoted as saying by NDTV.
Mr. Yeo is currently on the governing board of prestigious university.
He will take over from Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, who withdrew his candidature for a second term as Chancellor of the Nalanda University in Bihar in February 2015.
Professor Sen, whose term ends in July, had written a letter to his colleagues on the board, withdrawing from seeking a second term, since the Narendra Modi government had not given its approval to his nomination.
As governments the world over including in India aim to store data of their people within their boundaries, Facebook on Friday announced to build its first data centre in Asia that will be located in Singapore.
The 170,000-square-metre data centre will be built with more than 1.4 billion Singapore dollars (over $1 billion), opening hundreds of job opportunities.
“We are excited to announce that Facebook’s first custom-built data center in Asia will be located in Singapore. It will support hundreds of jobs and form part of our growing presence in Singapore and across Asia,” Facebook said in a statement.
Facebook’s data centres are currently located across the US and in Europe.
In India, a government panel is currently working on the guidelines to ensure that data generated locally must be stored within the country.
The social media giant said it selected Singapore for robust infrastructure and access to fibre, a talented local workforce, and a great set of community partners, including the Singapore Economic Development Board.
“Singapore has also established policies that foster a business-friendly environment, including measures that support the enforcement of contracts and increase the ease of construction permitting,” Facebook said.
The World Bank recently named Singapore as top country in Asia to do business.
The Singapore data centre will be the first to incorporate the new “StatePoint Liquid Cooling” system.