AUSTRALIA INDIA STUDY TOUR 17th-27th January, 2013
In January 2013, the Australia India Institute took twenty participating undergraduate students to visit two of India’s most prestigious institutions, the Universities of Delhi and Mumbai.
Funded by the Commonwealth Department of Industry Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education, the Australia India Student Experience is aimed at strengthening relations between India and Australia and engaging young Australians as Global Citizens.
Participants exposed themselves to the intellectual and cultural life of an emerging superpower and one of the world’s oldest and most dynamic societies.
The students, from various universities across Australia, travelled to Mumbai, Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. They visited the Dharavi slums, where they encountered a way of life they had never seen before, and interacted with similar undergraduate students at HR College where they discussed the challenges facing today’s youth.
In Delhi the students met the High Commissioner of Australia to India, and took part in an Old Delhi heritage walk where they came to appreciate how tradition and modernity are seamlessly weaved in every aspect of life, be it economic or social. While in Agra and Fatehpur Sikri , they could not help but wonder at the grandeur of Mughal architecture, not only in terms of their beauty and magnificence, but also the philosophy of imbibing syncretic values of tolerance and harmony into those architectures.
This recurring theme provided the students with an answer as to how so many diverse cultures may have co-existed in this part of the world for so many centuries. The last part of their trip was spent in Jaipur and in Agra they had a glimpse of what Mughal glory was in its heyday; here they saw the fame and splendour of the Rajput emperors. The visit to the Amber Fort, the Palace on Water (Jal Mahal) and the beautiful artwork done by the block painters were things the students marvelled at. They also got a chance to interact with the 20 Australian and Indian artists in Jaipur for the Australia India Institute Artists' Retreat. Most students also agreed a most exciting part of the tour was the different types of food and drink that are on offer in India. The students were always eager to try out something new, different, and exciting.
The students blogged about their experiences here.
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