UKIERI Exchange Programme in DU

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The Delhi University, in collaboration with the British Council took part in the UKIERI-Study India Programme between 7th September and 10th September. Four colleges from DU, namely St.Stephens, Kirori Mal College, Shri Ram College of Commerce and Sri Venkateswara College took part in this exchange programme. Students from various Universities across Britain came to India for a three week study tour.

On the first day, Mr.Deepak Pental, Vice Chancellor of DU, addressed the students on the agrarian crisis, which was well received, by the students from DU and Britain. It was then followed by a presentation by an Official from the Department of Food on the food crisis in India and its effects which in turn was followed by DU Darsan, an initiative by SIFE where they saw many historic monuments in and around North Campus.

On the second day students went to the respective colleges they had been assigned to. In SRCC, they had a lecture with Mr. Amit Sachdeva (who also won the Best Teacher award in DU this year and was felicitated by APJ Abdul Kalam) . It was an interactive and fun learning session, the format being new for the British students as well. The students voiced their views on the agrarian crisis after which the SRCC street play ‘Grameen’ was performed.

The next day, there was an interactive session on ad campaigns in India by Dr. Amit Sachdeva. The ads that were screened predictably amused and bewildered the exchange students for the unfamiliar content, message and emotions they conveyed. The afternoon saw a visit to the Parliament House Museum and the library. The museum has recreated the entire freedom movement including a model of the central hall where the audience could sit and listen to Nehru’s “Tryst with destiny” speech.

The last day saw an interactive session between the Indian and British students where they discussed Culture, Economy, Politics and of course Bollywood.  The dialogue went very well often witnessing a consensus on various issues. Last but not least was the Cultural Programme which included performances ranging from the various renditions of Vande mataram to the Panache Dance performance, SRCC Band Illusions, and the Appadi Po da dance.

The exchange programme was a resounding success and truly an experience worth having. The Indian students now hope they get a chance to visit Britain.

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