Ashwin Adhin

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Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin
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8th Vice President of Suriname
Assumed office
12 August 2015
PresidentDési Bouterse
Preceded byRobert Ameerali
Personal details
Born (1979-06-10) 10 June 1979 (age 39)
Paramaribo, Suriname
Political partyNational Democratic Party

Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin (born 10 June 1979)[1] is a Surinamese educator, politician, and the Vice President of Suriname since 2015.[2] He is a member of the National Democratic Party.[3] At the age of 36, he became the youngest Vice President in the history of Suriname to lead the Council of Ministers.[2] Adhin is of Indian descent.

In July 2013 Adhin became Minister of Education in the cabinet of President Dési Bouterse, replacing Shirley Sitaldin.[4] After the 2015 Surinamese general election, in which Adhin was elected to the National Assembly for the electoral district of Paramaribo, he was inaugurated as Vice President on 12 August 2015.[3][5][6]

Early life and career[edit]


Adhin has an Engineers degree in Information Technology from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname [7] and an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Delft University of Technology, located in the Netherlands.[8]

Before embarking on a political career, he served as an educator at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.[2]

Chair Cultural Union Suriname (CUS)[edit]

In May 2011 Adhin was appointed the new chairman of the Cultural Union Suriname and remained onboard until February 2014. Adhin who has been active within social cultural organizations for the past 13 years, remains to place emphasis on the importance of the role of culture for development, consciousness creation, appreciation of one's heritage, and for stimulating the achievement of common goals through active and collective participation of individuals.[9] It was his leadership qualities during the preparation of the 140 years Indian Immigration national festivities, which caught the attention of President Bouterse, who later on appointed him Minister of Education and Community Development in July 2013.[7] Adhin has also been an active member of the Vishva Hindu Parishad Suriname and foundation Mata Gauri.[9]

Minister of Education and Community Development[edit]

From 2013 to 2015 Adhin served as Minister of Education and Community Development.[10] He announced a total restructuring of the Ministry to improve the results within the education sector in Suriname.[11]

Suriname National Training Authority[edit]

In August 2013 Adhin launched the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) method of education in Suriname. A taskforce was installed on November 1, 2013, to work towards the establishment of a National Training Authority making use of an existing Caricom strategy.[12] This national authority was to be responsible for closing the gap between the education system and the demand of the private sector labor markets, the certification of various professions as well as the quality assurance of courses within the Suriname education system.[13][14]

ICT in Education[edit]

In October 2014 Adhin introduced two ICT in Education courses, amongst which a 3 years course leading to the Bachelor in Education (B.ed) degree. The courses are meant to target educators and are in line with Adhin's policy priorities to upgrade and professionalize the sector and to prepare for technological developments and challenges within education in general. He brought international professionals on board to realize the plans within a period of 4 months.[15]

Pre-College Bridging Institute and Evening School[edit]

In April 2015 Adhin officially launched the opening of Suriname's first Pre-college Bridging Institute increasing the opportunities for more students to attend pre-college. The opening and launch of the Evening Pre-College also served the same purpose.[16]

Young Entrepreneurship[edit]

As minister of education Adhin created opportunities for young entrepreneurs to invest in themselves, with the establishment of the Suriname National Training Authority, as well as several ICT training courses.[17]

Vice President of Suriname[edit]

Foreign policy[edit]

Relations with India[edit]

On January 9, 2017, Vice President Adhin met with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in Bengaluru, India, where they discussed strengthening the economic and technological bilateral cooperation between both states. Adhin emphasized that Suriname has a lot to of potential in the areas of agriculture, animal husbandry, palm oil, wood processing, besides those in the extractive industries (gold, crude oil and bauxite).[18] Adhin's plans are to set up a chair on Ayurveda at the University of Suriname and National Institute for Natural and Holistic Therapies in collaboration with India. His plans include setting up medicinal plantations, research laboratories, factories to manufacture Ayurveda products for the Surinamese market and expanding to also cover the Latin American countries and Caribbean Islands . This vision of Adhin supports efforts to diversify the Surinamese economy but also the governments approach to make healthcare the most important priority. This latter is also emphasized by the Governments Health in All Policies (HIAP) programme.[19][20]

As a young accomplished individual of Indian origin, Adhin was invited to India as keynote speaker at the Youth Privasi Bharatiya Divas Convention held on January 7, 2016, which was part of the annual Privasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention, a global platform for Indian Diaspora held from 8–9 January 2017 in Bengaluru, the capital of the state of Karnataka.[8][21][22]


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  2. ^ a b c "Adhin jongste vicepresident Suriname". Suriname Herald (in Dutch). 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2017-01-10.
  3. ^ a b "Bouterse herkozen als president Suriname" (in Dutch). BN De Stem. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Ashwin Adhin wordt de nieuwe minister van Onderwijs" (in Dutch). StarNieuws. 2 July 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ "Hr. Ir. Ashwin M.S. Adhin Msc" (in Dutch). National Assembly of Suriname. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Ashwin Adhin is vicepresident" (in Dutch). Retrieved 12 August 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Adhin jongste vicepresident Suriname". Suriname Herald (in Dutch). 2015-08-13. Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  8. ^ a b "Suriname vice president calls on India to take a more active global role | Caribbean News Now". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  9. ^ a b "Starnieuws - Ashwin Adhin nieuwe voorzitter Culturele Unie Suriname". Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  10. ^ "Lijst van Surinaamse ministers van Onderwijs". Wikipedia (in Dutch). 2016-02-15.
  11. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - Unieke "ICT in Education" Opleidingen Gestart". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  12. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - MINOV Onderneemt Stappen voor Oprichting Suriname National Training Authority". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  13. ^ "Starnieuws - Trainingsautoriteit moet beroepsonderwijs standaardiseren". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  14. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - MINOV Onderneemt Stappen voor Oprichting Suriname National Training Authority". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  15. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - Unieke "ICT in Education" Opleidingen Gestart". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  16. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - Schakel Instituut Middelbaar Onderwijs Officieel Geopend (1)". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  17. ^ "Republiek Suriname - Overheid - Minister Ashwin Adhin Ondersteunt de Ondernemende Vrouw (1)". (in Dutch). Retrieved 2017-02-17.
  18. ^ "Michael Ashwin Adhin: Latest News & Videos, Photos about Michael Ashwin Adhin | The Economic Times". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  19. ^ Aji, Sowmya (2017). "Suriname hopes ayurveda will propel its economy to path of prosperity". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2018-06-27.
  20. ^ "Health in All Policies Suriname".
  21. ^ "Youth Pravasi Bharatiya Divas | Ministry of External Affairs | Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 | Redefining Engagement with Overseas Indians". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
  22. ^ "Participating Dignitaries | Ministry of External Affairs | Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017 | Redefining Engagement with Overseas Indians". Retrieved 2017-01-14.
Political offices
Preceded by
Robert Ameerali
Vice President of Suriname
Succeeded by