Chandigarh, January 15; Today, the 17 member friendship delegation from Chandigarh returned from a weeklong educational visit to Malaysia and Singapore. Led by Pramod Sharma, Coordinator, Yuvsatta the group comprised of students & teachers of Saupin’s School, Gurukul Global School, Chitkara International School and Chitkara University.
“People of Indian origin constitute a sizable proportion of population both in Malaysia and Singapore. Moreover our relation with these countries dates back to centuries and some of their ideas of maintaining cleanliness in public places and public life, especially in Singapore is really exemplary”, shared Pramod Sharma on return. He further stated that during their visit, the safety & security which girls and women enjoys there and the 1 Malaysia campaign integrating people of all religions into one nationhood of Malaysia is really inspiring. And on this martyrdom day of Mahatma Gandhi , i.e. January 30, 2014, they’ll be launching a similar ‘I India campaign’ promoting respect for people of all religions and minority backgrounds.
In Malaysia, the Chandigarh’s Friendship delegation got special privilege to visit the Prime Ministers Department of National Unity & Integration, where they gained firsthand knowledge 1 Malaysia campaign from Mr. Gandesan A/L Letchumanan. Dy. Director General (Operations).
For Neelam Verma, NSS Coordinator of Chitkara University, this visit was like a dream come true. She’ll never forget the love and warmth with which they were received in these countries, at their Schools, Government offices, while visiting local NGO’s there. As a result they always felt at home there. Aruna Bhardwaj, Principal, Gurukul Global School, who was also part of the delegation added that we have so much to learn from these countries that got Independence 10 years after us and they now seem to be 20 years ahead of us on all parameters of development and progress. She is now looking forward to host a reciprocal visit of young students from Malaysia and Singapore to Chandigarh, during upcoming annual International Youth Peace Fest of Yuvsatta in September end.
For Medhavi & Poorvi-the two sisters who joined the initiative from Saupins School, it was their first international visit and in seven days of stay they became fan of Malaysia and Singapore for the way Education institutions of these countries give individual attention to all their young children and youth to prepare a new generation of creative minds and caring hearts who’re empowered to realize their potential in true sense.