Bali's Udayana University now has a center for the promotion and development of Balinese culture and custom. The "Bali Shanti" Center was formally inaugurated by the Rector of the University, Professor Dr. Made Bakta on Wednesday, January 9, 2008. The Secretariat of "Bali Shanti" will operate from the University's Campus on Jalan Sudirman.
Professor Dr. I Made Pasek Diantha is in charge of "Bali Shanti" who told the press that three main areas of focus for his group will be study, consultation and service in all areas related to Balinese culture and custom.
"Bali Shanti" plans to hold a number of seminars on Balinese Culture, the results of which will be published and preserved for future reference by those dealing with cultural matters. The organization also plans to hold weekly consultations and assist local community in drafting legislation touching upon local cultural issues.
Diantha said: "Bali Shanti has as one of its visions the provision of services to the public in areas connected with the local society, culture, economy and ecology. As a small part of its overall commitment to Balinese culture, "Bali Shanti" has created a nursery and seed production center for plants used in conducting Balinese rituals."
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