Symbiosis Centre for International Education under the aegis of the Symbiosis International University hosted Study India Program (SIP) for about 15 students from Ritsumeikan University, Japan from August 5, 2016 to September 9, 2016. The graduating ceremony was held today at Vishwabhavan, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune.
The dignitaries present for the event-Dr Dhanya Pramod, Director, SCIT, Dr Lalit Kathpalia, Director, SICSR, Dr Swati Sahasrabudhe, Sr Exec, SCIE, Ms Kshipra Potdar, Cubist and Prof Noma from Ritsumeikan University.
Ms Kshipra Potdar shared success stories of the SIP program held for students from Japan. “Two students after the completion of SIP fell in love with India and decided to settle here. It is necessary that one steps out of its comfort zone and interacts with people for cross- cultural communication. Through this program we encourage students to communicate with people which help to enrich ones life.”
The Japanese students danced on sizzling Bollywood numbers like- Lungi Dance, Jai Bajrangabali, Aaj ki party meri taraf se and Selfie lele re. The certification ceremony for the students and felicitation of dignitaries followed forth it.
Dr Dhanya Pramod and Dr Lalit Kathpalia shared their experiences of hosting the students at their campuses respectively.
Prof Noma explained the use of the word ‘Yabai’ which is often used in Japan to exclaim likeness. “Our students from Ritsumeikan University enjoyed every bit of their experience in India and with Symbiosis. They all have plenty of Yabai moments to share back home.”
Mr Yuki Katsumata one of the students from Ritsumeikan University said, “When I first came to India things like the washroom, food and traffic among others completely stressed me out. But after a few days I got used to it and fell in love with this country which has a rich culture and heritage. Every person I came across was kind and sweet.”
Mr Ito Koki another student states, “I fell in love with Indian cuisine especially curry and chappati. I love to dance on Bollywood music.”
The programme offered the students an opportunity to explore and understand India’s rich and diverse cultural heritage combining it with academic module on Software Solution Design, a project based learning approach for developing software application and industrial visits. They visited heritage places like Ajanta and Ellora, Shanivarwada, Mumbai among others.
The knowledge and understanding of the cultures involved in this programme leaves a lasting impact on an enhanced world view of its participants. Participating students are trained for global leadership, to increase efficiency, respect for other cultures and political and economic systems. The important characteristic of this programme is to provide a platform for students to discuss solutions to problems faced in field of technology by using their knowledge and skills for the development in India and Japan.
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