National Democratic Party
10 June 1980 (age 43) (
National Democratic Party
Message by Hon'ble Vice President of Republic of Surinam Shri Ashwin Adhin at WHC 2018
Michael Ashwin Satyandre Adhin (Hindi: माइकल अश्विन सत्यनंदे आडिन) (born 10 June 1980) is a Surinamese educator, politician, and the Vice President of Suriname since 2015. He is a member of the National Democratic Party. At the age of 35 he became the youngest Vice President in the history of Suriname to lead the Council of Ministers. Adhin is of Indian descent.
- Message by Honble Vice President of Republic of Surinam Shri Ashwin Adhin at WHC 2018
- Pm modi meets suriname vice president michael ashwin adhin
- Chair Cultural Union Suriname CUS
- Minister of Education and Community Development
- Suriname National Training Authority
- ICT in Education
- Pre College Bridging Institute and Evening School
- Young Entrepreneurship
- Relations with India
In July 2013 Adhin became Minister of Education in the cabinet of President Dési Bouterse, replacing Shirley Sitaldin. 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.
Pm modi meets suriname vice president michael ashwin adhin
Adhin has an Engineers degree in Information Technology from the Anton de Kom University of Suriname and an Electrical Engineering Degree from the Delft University of Technology, located in the Netherlands.
Before embarking on a political career, he served as an educator at the Anton de Kom University of Suriname.
Chair Cultural Union Suriname (CUS)
In May 2011 Adhin was appointed the new chairman of the Cultural Union Suriname. 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. 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. Adhin has also been an active member of the Vishva Hindu Parishad Suriname and foundation Mata Gauri.
Minister of Education and Community Development
From 2013 to 2015 Adhin served as Minister of Education and Community Development. He announced a total restructuring of the Ministry to improve the results within the education sector in Suriname.
Suriname National Training Authority
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. 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.
ICT in Education
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.
Pre-College Bridging Institute and Evening School
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.
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.
Relations with India
On January 9, 2017, Vice President Adhin met with the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, in Bengaluru, India, where they discussed ways to strengthen the economic and technological bilateral cooperation between both states. Adhin emphasized that Suriname has a lot of potential in the area's of agriculture, animal husbandry, palm oil, wood processing, as well as the extractive industries gold, oil and bauxite. Adhin was invited to India as keynote speaker at the Youth Privasi Bharatiya Divas Convention held on January 7, 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.