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Celebrating Culture On International Students’ Day – The Manipal Journal
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Celebrating Culture On International Students’ Day

AIESEC in Manipal University (MU) in collaboration with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) organised an event for ‘International Students’ Day’ at the Centre for Basic Sciences on August 13.

This annual event organised by AIESEC aims to aid students in learning about the cultures of various countries around the globe. “We expected to have people representing 66 nationalities but however the turn up was only from 35 countries,” said Rehad, one of the organisers. He added that they get about 3000 degree-seeking students and 1000 exchange participants every year.

AIESEC’s trademark jiving, a 15-minute session of coordinated dancing energized and engaged the crowd. || Photograph Courtesy: Adwitiya Shukla

Stalls set up by students representing their nationalities and culture featured at the event. “I am really glad that MU has been doing something like this every year. This year, I felt it was more organised than last year, having received the schedule prior to the event,” said Samahath, an internship student from Maldives.

A light moment during one of the activities at the event. || Photograph Courtesy: Adwitiya Shukla

A group of South African students engaged the attendees with some lively dance performances. There was a huge participation in the yoga event. Other activities including games, face painting and mehendi were arranged.

Exchange students walking the ramp decked in ethnic attires from the states across India during the fashion show. || Photograph Courtesy: Adwitiya Shukla

Dr Karunakar A Kotegar, Deputy Director of International Affairs and Collaborations addressed the gathering at the event. Bands and dance performances were the highlights of the talent show. A western music band from Faculty of Architecture (FOA) set the mood towards the end of the event. “We witnessed an amazing crowd here and it was fun performing in front of people from different countries and diverse cultures,” said one of the band members. Chords and Co. from Manipal Institute of Technology (MIT) also performed at the event.

Featured Image Courtesy: Adwitiya Shukla

Edited by Shreya Job

Disha Acharya

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