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50 students from Odisha visit Maharashtra under Student Exchange Program

Maharashtra:8/7/22: 50 students from Odisha completed their 5-day visit to Maharashtra recently under the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Student Exchange Program. The students reached Mumbai on 29th June as part of the Exchange Program. The exchange program was facilitated by AICTE and the Ministry of Education. The batch of 50 students from Odisha was hosted by the Thakur College of Engineering and Technology, Mumbai, and provided them an opportunity to learn about Maharashtra’s language, culture, traditions, music, food, etc.

The team from Odisha was warmly welcomed and served Maharashtra’s favorite cuisine including Puran Poli, kothimbir, Vadi, misal pav, and kande poha. Apart from this, the LIVE cake-making workshop was demonstrated by the pastry chefs from the Thakur Institute of Hotel management which evoked much interest among the students. As part of the tour, the students explored various places of historical and cultural significance. They visited the famous Gateway of India, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Formerly known as the Prince of Wales Museum, the Vastu Sangrahalaya houses a host of relics, artworks, and artifacts from the Mughal Empire era, Indus Valley Civilization, and displays of Mumbai’s trade relations with other continents.

To experience the flora and fauna of the state, the students visited the Sanjay Gandhi National Park which has the unique distinction of being the largest tropical forest anywhere in the world to be surrounded by urban sprawl. At the park, the students also got a chance to visit the Kanheri Caves which have around 100 caves that demonstrate a unique Buddhist style of art and architecture.


Mumbai, which is the entertainment capital of India and the center of Bollywood, the students visited the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mahalakshmi. Students also explored Nehru Science Centre in Worli and the Girgaon Viewing Deck. Earlier, students visited the Thakur Institute of Aviation Technology to experience AR VR technology and the Thakur Institute of Hotel Management.

On the last day of their visit, the students from Odisha along with the volunteers of TCET visited Global Vipassana Pagoda in Borivali. A valedictory function was held, that was marked by cultural performances like Odissi and Bharatanatyam dance by students.

During the stay, students from both states had a chance to exchange views on traditions, culture, lifestyle, education, etc. They engaged in indoor and outdoor activities, fun games, and friendly matches. Students learn flight controls using a mock-up at the Thakur Institute of Aviation engineering.


Students participating in the Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav Student Exchange Program were full of interest and enthusiasm at their visit. GIET University Gunupur student Ananya Rai said that only after the visit did we realize that Mumbai is an impeccable blend of the old and modern civilization, the city seems to be growing every second but they still managed to protect their invaluable history beautifully. I would say this five-day program was a complete success. Another student Ashutosh Biswal said the trip included 5 days of tour in which we get knowledge about its history, tradition, cloth, food, heritage, culture, language, etc. It was the foremost experience for me, to get knowledge about Maharashtra in a nutshell. The best part is to have made new friends here, he added.

Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat program aims to enhance interaction & promote mutual understanding between people of different states/UTs through the concept of state/UT pairing. The states carry out activities to promote a sustained and structured cultural connection in the areas of language learning, culture, traditions & music, tourism & cuisine, sports, and sharing of best practices, etc.

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Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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