The Chinese delegations from Jiangxi University came to Sharda University for a month long under Cultural Exchange program which turned out to be an enriching experience for both.
During their four week long stay, the Chinese students got a taste of many facets of Indian culture, craft and cuisine. Many cultural programs were also organized during their stay to give them the feel of India and Indian culture, tradition, language and arts. Apart from their Communicative English and Hindi programs it was a delightful moment to see them participate actively in the activities organized for them comprising bollywood dance, rangoli making, meditation, yoga and the block printing workshop. It looked like as if we know each and every student for years.
On the day of block printing workshop, it was a cold foggy morning and the day was transformed into designers at the School of Languages, Sharda University when the Chinese students created magic at the ‘Block Printing Workshop’, under the guidance of Ms. Sandipa Das. The students savored a new experience by getting an opportunity to learn about this centuries-old craft, adding a new dimension to their personal growth. The students along with their teacher were all ready to immerse themselves in the traditional work environment.
‘Block Printing’, as the name suggests uses mainly hand-woven fabric, hand-crafted wooden blocks, and custom made vegetable and mineral-based dyes. Ms. Sandipa Das told the students about the technique of hand block printing wherein blocks of wood are used for making patterns on cloth. She further explained to them how patterns are etched onto wood with the help of a needle, and later transferred onto the cloth to imprint the pattern on them.
The students created exclusive masterpieces feeling greatly satisfied with what they had created. “It was a truly precious experience”, said Jia Lin, a student from the Jiangxi University. The workshop was a perfect synergy of introducing and sharing creative designs, personal enrichment and gaining design perspectives from many points of view simultaneously.
After the block printing workshop, a small dance event was also conducted for these students. Watching the student’s performing on bollywood dance has left a very different impression on our mind. Apart from the rock n roll dancing there was a calm silence. Our highly experienced management faculty have guided and assisted the authentic and traditional yoga to Chinese students. Thus making their journey complete by sharing love and passion for the beautiful practice of yoga. To add to it further, they were also taken for sightseeing to Akshardham, Lotus Temple, Qutub Minar, just to name a few. It was an overwhelming experience for them to visit, understand the history and feel the most famous monuments of India. The students have taken with them the pictures of all these magnificent forts, temples and mosques formed with white marble, red sandstone and other refined material which depicts the beauty of this spectacular cultural heritage. Above all the visit to the Taj Mahal “the symbol of eternal love” and Kingdom of Dreams holds a special place in their hearts. They were astonished to see the architectural wonders done by Indians.
To conclude, the visit of Chinese delegates was an incredible experience for us. The students enjoyed every bit of their visit to Sharda University. Such visits of foreign universities not only help in building the friendly relationship with other countries but also help in bringing the new opportunities for our and their students to broaden the intellectual horizon through such highly immersive global exposure programs.