* This programme helps strengthen Indo-Canadian academic and cultural ties

To promote international collaboration and cultural academic exchange, Lovely Professional University (LPU) recently welcomed 10 students from Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, who concluded their one-week ‘Study India Programme (SIP)’ at the university.

The Canadian students got a comprehensive introduction to the vibrant culture and heritage of Punjab during their visit. They had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich village life, gaining first-hand experience of the local traditions and customs.

As part of the study exchange programme, the students participated in a diverse range of academic activities organised by different schools. The School of Bioengineering and Biosciences held informative sessions on the food regulation system in India. In which they got information about different laws related to the food industry, consumer and manufacturing rights for the food, as well as discussions on food and nutrition. The School of Agriculture organised an agriculture field trip for LPU farms to learn about the latest advancements in the agriculture of India.

The students also had the chance to attend Ayurveda and yoga classes. During the Ayurveda class, they did a lot of experiments related to Indian medical history. They also participated in Hindi language and cooking classes to learn more about Indian diversity.

Rajya Sabha Member & LPU’s Founder Chancellor, Dr Ashok Kumar Mittal, stated that cross-cultural learning and studying can transform the way we view the world. It’s heartening to witness the enthusiasm with which these students immersed themselves in the vibrant tapestry of Indian culture and academic pursuits during their stay at Lovely Professional University. These initiatives not only strengthen bilateral ties between nations and universities but also serve as catalysts for mutual learning and growth.

Vice President of LPU, Dr Aman Mittal, said, “We are delighted to have hosted the Canadian students and provided them with a comprehensive and enriching experience of Indian culture and academics. This exchange programme not only fosters cultural understanding but also enables the sharing of knowledge and best practices between institutions, which is crucial for the development of a global knowledge society.

“Students visited the Jang-e-Azadi memorial, which commemorates the Indian independence movement. The ‘Study India Programme’ is designed to offer students a unique opportunity to explore the diverse aspects of Indian society, from traditional practices to modern advancements.