Udupi, Aug 18: Manipal University showcased its international student exchange programs at an ‘International Evening’ at the Fortune Inn Valley View on Thursday August 16. It was the first time that about 125 interns from 25 countries came together to celebrate an evening of diverse cultures, which will be etched in every mind.
IAESTE IndiaMIT and AIESEC Manipal University, the two student exchange programs under the university, and Amchi, comprising Manipal College of Dental Sciences students, which undertook a dental healthcare project in Ladakh over the last ten days along with Wisdomtooth of the US and European Dental Students Association (EDSA), jointly presented the memorable evening.
Manipal University pro vice chancellor Dr H Vinod Bhat informed the audience how the ‘International Evening’ was conceived. He also gave bit of a background to IAESTE IndiaMIT, AIESEC, Amchi and the Amchi Project. Also present on the occasion were vice chancellor, Dr K Ramnarayan and registrar, Dr G K Prabhu.
Members of the Amchi team presented the project report with the help of a video. It transported the audience to Ladakh to get a glimpse of their experiences in the land of the Dalai Lama. From meeting him to treating the patients and even giving a hands-on training to the locals, everything was well covered in the video.
Thereafter, IAESTE IndiaMIT and AIESEC made their presentations to explain how they came into existence in the University and the benefits of the exchange program to the students. Dr Ritesh Bhattacharjee, project officer of Amchi gave the vote of thanks.
The programme was followed by a cultural show. The students of MCODS presented a lively dance and the interns from AIESEC sang the famous ‘Hum hongey kamyab’. To highlight the global impact on cultural harmony due to the exchange of students, there was a skit by members of IAESTE.
During the skit, there was another dance performance by ‘Blitzkrieg’, a group which has successfully performed in various parts of the country. The curtains came down with a fashion show, which was brilliantly orchestrated by Burning Ice, the fashion group of MIT students. Every model displayed a different Indian traditional dress to complete the ethnicity of the evening.