* American Students Learnt Indian Culture and Economy at Lovely Professional University
Jalandhar: Twelve Students & Faculty Members from historical & regional Fayetteville State University, United States visited Lovely Professional University to study Indian culture & Business Practices. The American Students and faculty are at LPU up to 15th July, 2012 under Study India Programme for a week. As part of the programme, students did classes in Indian Economy and Business ethics; learnt about Indian Folk Dances; Singing; culture and customs, from the students of Department of Cultural Affairs. They learnt Indian cooking styles at LPU’s Department of Hospitality, where they also relished self cooked food. They took part in many other extracurricular activities also and became involved in various student projects of mutual understanding, intercultural communication and the lively exchange of experiences. They were also led to many historical, religious and recreational places by the hosting team of the International Department of LPU to let foreign students understand the true Indian responses and emotions.
Expressing great pleasure on visit of the FSU students at the campus, LPU Chancellor, Mr Ashok Mittal said: “The presence of American students & faculty at LPU to learn Indian Culture and Best Business and ethical Practices is really making me feel proud. India has always been a “Guru” for others to grasp its magnanimous teachings, humane endeavours and success “mantras”. This visit of students from ‘numero uno’ country of the world is really ascertaining about greatness of India, in the present as well as the future. We will continue having such study exchange programmes for better global understanding to be gained by our as well as foreign students. ” He also said: “Such visits and interactive study programmes are of much importance to our students, as these widen their horizons of development and progress.”
One of the faculty members of FSU’s International Education Programme, Ms Linda D Tomlinson, who is accompanying the US students, said: “The primary mission of this study programme is to provide students an opportunity to expand their understanding of the world. The present trip is constituted of studying Indian Economy & best business practices at LPU; visiting historical, religious, recreational and other sites of importance; meeting new people; learning about unity in diversity of Indian culture, as students from almost all the states and union territories of India study here. Also students from 26 other countries, who study at LPU, have much to impart and share with us.”
On contacting the visiting FSU students Hector Nicolas & Jessica Ruth Norfleet, of respectively Languages and Pol Science Departments, they said: “We are very happy on absorbing the great and lively culture of Punjab and its people, a great part of India’s rich heritage, through this visit to LPU. This will keep us reminiscing about great India and its cordial & co-operative people who have indeed provided us much to learn from them and their doings. We have learnt famous dances Bhangra and Gidhha of Punjab and the most commonly used greeting words ‘Sat Sri Akal’. We also enjoyed unforgettable delicious food of Punjab in the form of Makki Ki Roti, Sarson Ka Saag, Lassi, Aloo Ka Parantha. Moreover, the hospitality we received here is worth special mentioning as it is almost impossible to be found anywhere else.”