Apart from his academic achievements, he has held important posts while at the University, which include being President, India Club of Georgia Tech from 1999 – 2000 and Board Member, Child Relief and You - Georgia Tech chapter from 1998 – 2000.

His hobbies and interests include Architecture, Travel, Politics, Cricket and Tennis.

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The festival will feature 70 local films, 30 per cent more than last year.

It will also feature a 12-film retrospective of the work of Greek director, and Palme d'Or winner at the Cannes festival, Theo Angelopoulos. Advance online and postal booking opens on February 28.

Secretary for Development Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Friday the government would provide new subsidies for training courses to attract young workers to the construction industry.

Lam said each person taking the courses would receive a monthly subsidy of HK$5,000.

"Some artists, such as famous musicians or soloists, you have to book them three to four years in advance.

If we want to invite world-class theatre directors to work with us, we need to make arrangements two to three years in advance.

Jacky Cheung introduces Crossing Hennessy, a romantic comedy in which he stars that is one of two local films opening the film festival.

With the budget having put funding for arts groups on a surer footing, lovers of culture can expect to see more world-class shows in the coming few years leading up to the launch of the West Kowloon Cultural District.

This would boost the confidence of the construction industry, she added.

Among the 62,500 construction jobs, 6,600 will require professional skills and the remaining 55,900 are for general workers.

Representatives of some of the nine major arts groups subsidised by the government said the promise of an additional HK6 million over five years - to allow groups and artists to develop signature performances - would allow them to plan over a longer term and secure for Hong Kong big-name performers who need booking a few years in advance.