An international delegation comprising 13 university students from Germany and China visited Panjab University as a part of an international exchange programme on Thursday. Yuvsatta and Friends of China Society organised the visit to help promote multicultural diversity and bring the countries together.
The students from the two countries interacted with the faculty and students of Panjab University and visited various departments of the institute.
On Wednesday, the delegation also visited Desh Bhagat University in Fatehgarh Sahib. The German delegation was led by Marcel Scharf, a research assistant at German Sports University, Cologne. The delegation from China was led by Xiong Liang from Chinese People’s Association of Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).
Marcel Scharf said, “After having visited universities in India, I have realised how the education system in India is different from that in Germany. In Germany, the students have a wider array of subjects to choose from. Though in India, there is a lot of focus on research activities at the university-level.”
The delegation also visited the Gandhi Bhavan at PU, which was followed by a tour around the university. The students went to the departments of history, Punjabi, Hindi as they interacted with the faculty members.
The students also visited the department of Chinese and Tibetan languages and the department of German at the university, where they learnt about how their regional languages had invoked interest of many
students from India.
The delegation observed that over the years, there has been an increase in the number of student exchange programmes between India and China. “With more and more students from India moving to China for higher education, some universities in China now have a separate department for Hindi,” Xiong said.
Drawing a contrast in the education system in India and China, a student from China said, “The Chinese education system lays stress on inculcating the need to question everything, it makes the students curious and that is the way they grow. In India, what is great is the fact that there is very less interference from religious fundamentalists
After the PU visit, the delegation interacted with the Yuvsatta team and was apprised of the various initiatives undertaken by Yuvsatta for the betterment of the society.
A visit to Shangariwala village near Mullanpur and Children’s Centre of Yuvsatta in Bapu Dham Colony, Sector 26, was also organised for the international delegation.
Iqbal Shergill, the president of Friends of China Society, said, “It’s time to organise more such international youth exchange visits to promote international understanding and brotherhood among youth of various nations.”