Punjab Hosts International Students for Cultural and Academic Exchange

by Dr. Jasneet Bedi

In a bid to foster international collaboration and cultural academic exchange, Lovely Professional University (LPU) recently welcomed ten students from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada. These students completed a one-week ‘Study India Programme (SIP)’ at LPU, providing them with an immersive experience of India’s vibrant culture and academic environment.

During their stay, the Canadian students received a comprehensive introduction to the rich heritage of Punjab. They had the unique opportunity to engage with the local traditions and customs by experiencing village life firsthand. This immersion included participating in traditional practices and observing the local way of life, offering them a genuine glimpse into the region’s cultural fabric.

The ‘Study India Programme’ included a diverse range of academic activities organized by various schools within LPU. The School of Bioengineering and Biosciences conducted informative sessions on India’s food regulation system. These sessions covered laws related to the food industry, consumer and manufacturing rights, and discussions on food and nutrition. The School of Agriculture organized a field trip to LPU farms, allowing the students to learn about the latest advancements in Indian agriculture.

Additionally, the students attended Ayurveda and yoga classes, where they engaged in experiments related to India’s medical history. Hindi language and cooking classes were also part of the programme, further enhancing their understanding of Indian diversity.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Mittal, Rajya Sabha Member and LPU’s Founder Chancellor, emphasized the transformative power of cross-cultural learning. “It’s heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which these students immersed themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture and academic pursuits during their stay at Lovely Professional University. These initiatives not only strengthen bilateral ties between nations and universities but also serve as catalysts for mutual learning and growth,” he said.

Dr. Aman Mittal, Vice President of LPU, expressed delight in hosting the Canadian students. “We are delighted to have hosted the Canadian students and provided them with a comprehensive and enriching experience of Indian culture and academics. This exchange programme not only fosters cultural understanding but also enables the sharing of knowledge and best practices between institutions, which is crucial for the development of a global knowledge society,” he remarked.

One of the highlights of the programme was a visit to the Jang-e-Azadi memorial, which commemorates the Indian independence movement. This visit, along with other cultural and academic activities, offered the students a unique opportunity to explore the diverse aspects of Indian society, blending traditional practices with modern advancements.

The ‘Study India Programme’ at LPU stands as a testament to the university’s commitment to promoting international collaboration and cultural exchange, reinforcing the importance of mutual understanding and shared learning in today’s interconnected world.

Dr. Jasneet Bedi

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