India's official presence in Hong Kong dates back only to 1951, when the Commission for India opened its doors, but close economic, social and cultural ties between the South Asian nation and the SAR have existed for more than 150 years - and many leading institutions owe their existence to the link. The University of Hong Kong was founded by an Indian, Sir H. N. Modi, and among the earliest chairmen of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation was a renowned Parsi, a Mr Belilios, who was on the Legislative Council in 1881. The Ruttonjee Hospital was founded by Dhun Ruttonjee, who also served on Legco in the 1960s, and the Star Ferry was launched by Dorabji Naorojee. Meanwhile, the Indian Bori community in Hong Kong is more than a century old and counts among its leading lights many senior civil servants and business tycoons. In recent years, the Indian community has made its presence felt in professions ranging from investment banking and the law to medicine and accounting.