MANGALORE, Sep 11: The Nitte University, Mangalore (Karnataka) hosted 32 students and participants from the North East, including five from Arunachal Pradesh, for a week from September 2 under the ‘Solidarity Students Exchange Programme’.
During the week, the team visited various institutes under Nitte University and interacted with the staff and students.
There was a healthy exchange of ideas and cultural nuances. NE students got the first hand opportunity to appreciate various local culture including delicacies and meet local artisans and experience Kannada lifestyle. Each participant was hosted by a local family for home-stay for a day.
The Chancellor of Nitte University Vinay Hegde hosted a traditional musical evening at a beach resort. The highlight of the visit was a gala cultural evening in which folk dances and songs of all the participating states were displayed.
Team Arunachal performed a fusion dance showcasing the traditional dances of five tribes.
The Solidarity Students Exchange Programme’ is a flagship programme of Indian National Fellowship Centre (Mumbai), which has been started at the initiative of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh PB Acharya to promote national and emotional integration and cultural exchange between youths of North East region and other parts of the country.
Other participants included 20 from Mizoram and seven from Nagaland.