Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh has been selected by the British Council for conducting two ‘Study India Programmes’ for UK citizens this year. Two groups of 30 UK citizens will be arriving at PU for each SIP.
PU Dean International Students, Prof Deepti Gupta announced that the PU and eight other institutes have been selected out of the twenty eight Indian applicants after several rounds of scrutiny and inspection. The Generation UK-India program was launched on November 13, 2014 by Union Minister for Human Resource Development, Smt. Smriti Irani and UK Minister for Universities, Science and Cities Greg Clark. The British Council will partner with Higher Education Institutes for running this programme.
Gupta informed that the first programme would be on ‘Interrogating Gender: Trajectories and Transformations in India’ from July 17 to July 31 at PU. It would have discussions and deliberations on Gender Issues in India, training for developing basic communication skills in a vernacular language, Yoga and Meditation, Field Visits and interactions. The UK participants would spend some time with their Indian Buddies to get an idea of the Indian family system and values. They would also interact with several NGO’s in the region.
The second ‘Study In India Programme’ would be on ‘Indus Valley to Contemporary India: A Schematic Overview of History and Culture in North-West India’ from August 5 to August 21 at PU. The programme would have deliberations and sessions on the themes of Rise and Growth of Harappan Culture; the making of Chandigarh, Religious Traditions, Art & Architecture in Medieval India and visits to museums. The UK participants will also visit Kurukshetra, Anandpur Sahib, Shimla and Amritsar. Prof. Reeta Grewal from the PU had visited several UK universities in April in order to acquaint the participants with the SIP and answer their queries. She came back with the observation that most of them want to enjoy Indian culture and all it entails, such as food, customs, films, fashion and festivals.
Source: Punjab News Express