Maimuna Qazi, a graduate studentfrom the department of Soil, Water & Environment, University of Dhaka, recently visited India as a part of the 100 Member Youth Delegation Team from Bangladesh. She shares her experience with DUTimz.
A 100 member youth delegate team of aspiring individuals were gifted with a fair fortune to meet the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee on October 6th 2015. The delegation team comprised of meritorious students selected from institutions all over Bangladesh and a handful of promising artists, doctors and journalists. This was the fourth delegation from Bangladesh as a continuation from 2012. Since his first visit to Bangladesh, Shri Pranab Mukherjee invites 100 young members to India every year. This programme involves visits to cultural and tourist sites and interactive sessions with local students of India.
The alluring speech delivered by the President at the Darbar Hall in Rashtrapati Bhavan greatly motivated the members who attended the program. He applauded the youth for their achievements and expressed his joy to have been granted the opportunity to heartily welcome such individuals who are going to be thelight of future Bangladesh. He conveyed his belief that the bond Bangladesh and India shares as sister countries will prove stronger through this youth delegation trip.
Bangladeshidelegates visiteda total of 15 sites moving around in four states- Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Kolkata.
In Delhi, the 100 member team went to visit the National Museum, India Gate, Hero Motocorp. Ltd, UNESCO World Heritage Site Qutub Minar, Delhi Metro Station and Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Despite the beating heat the delegates looked with awe at the mind-blowing baroque carvings and intricate inscriptions of Quranic verses over Qutub Minar. A ride aboard the Delhi Metro, they gained an experience of the public commute that Delhi locals rely on. Delegate members paid a visit to Taj Mahal, Agra Red Fort and Fatehpur Sikri in Agra, where they could, in person appreciate the ornate architechtures of these wonderful places. During their sojourn at Jaipur, the youth delegates visited Amer Fort.Delegateswere overwhelmed as they were greeted by junior schoolchildren from Sri Balram Vidya Mandir at Bassi, a small village in Jaipur. The pupils carried out a praiseworthy musical routine that enthralled the delegates. The traditional Kalbelia dance performed by a group of professional Rajasthani artists received innumberable applauds and cheers leaving the delegates in euphoria. Choki Dhani, a Rajasthani village, preserved on the sands of Jaipur with camel and elephant rides, bioscopes, puppet dances, fire plays, ferris wheels and food served on traditional leaf made thali-s was a special treat for the Bangladeshi guests. In Kolkata, the team looked around the Victoria Memorial, Indian Museum, Shantiniketan and the Eden Garden’s Cricket Stadium.
Members of the delegation were warmly received at the educational institutions they visited- Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), Dronacharya Group of Institutes and Tagore P.G. Girls College. Few members joined in an impromptu dance along with the Rajasthani dancers and received acclamation.
Despite always being under a packed schedule, strict supervision and getting limited hours of sleep, the delegation still brooded in humour and lived like a 100 unit family. The youth delegation team touched homeground on 11th October, completing the 8-day long tour with a bittersweet aura in the air of leaving behind a great group of new friends. Each delegate has packed home memories to last for a lifetime.
Department of Soil, Water & Environment
University of Dhaka
( collected& edited by Mahin Bari )