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Udupi: Omani Students Celebrate National Day at Manipal Varsity


Udupi: Omani Students Celebrate National Day at Manipal Varsity

By Divvy Kant Upadhyay, Manipal
Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi

Udupi, Nov 20: Omani students studying at Manipal University (MU) celebrated the Omani National Day along with their friends, faculty and senior administration of the University. The students sang their national anthem and made a video presentation about the culture and history of Oman. A senior student, Khalsa gave a brief description of the country. The students were in an upbeat mood and full of praise for the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said.

MU Pro Chancellor Dr HS Ballal, Registrar (International Programs) Dr Vinod Bhat, Registrar Dr GK Prabhu and MCOAHS Dean Dr B Rajasekhar spoke on the occasion. Incharge of International admissions, Diana Britto was also present. The officials hoped that educational and healthcare opportunities offered in India could help empower and enable aspiring Omani professionals as well as deepen the bond between the two friendly nations.



Omani Students celebrate Oman National Day at Manipal University. Pro Chancellor Dr HS Ballal, Registrar (International Programs) Dr Vinod Bhat, Registrar Dr GK Prabhu and MCOAHS Dean Dr B Rajasekhar join in the celebrations. Khalid in his traditional dress, Kandura, reads out a poem in honour of the Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said


Omani students at Manipal are chiefly pursuing training in allied health sciences and engineering. Infact, a student Khalid believes that when he returns to Oman, he may be among the first few trained Omani nationals in the field of Medical Imaging and Technology. Speech and Language Pathology and Respiratory Therapy are other popular courses among Omanis.

Faced with the tough challenge of picking up communication skills in English before they get down to the subject, students like Khalid overcame difficulties by interacting and spending time with friends fluent in English. Khalid is now often called upon by authorities when Omani or other Arab nationals visit Kasturba Hospital for medical treatment. He acts as the interpreter and also helps establish an instant bond.

Many students like Khalid tried the traditional spots like Bangalore and Pune for their higher education – but they chose to settle in Manipal because of the University town atmosphere. “At Manipal, the quality of infrastructure and calm atmosphere was much better compared to over-crowded places like Bangalore and Pune” says Khalid hoping for some company next year as more Omani nationals are expected to come to study at Manipal.

Apart from the language, food is a serious issue they admit. Most of them have picked up cooking skills and cook for themselves. Some like Azza are lucky. “My mom cooks for me. It’s nice to have her around”

It is estimated that there are around 1500 Omanis pursuing higher education courses in India at present. The official website of the Indian Embassy at Oman states that traditionally many Omanis have studied in India and a large number continue to travel to India for higher education, especially in technical subjects such as engineering and IT. Manipal is the latest destination for them in addition to Bangalore, Pune and Chennai.

Indo-Oman cultural relations are strong and date back several decades. Today, it is estimated that there are around 500,000 Indians in Oman, constituting the largest expatriate community in the country. Coming from all parts of India, they include skilled workers and technicians, and professionals such as doctors, engineers, bankers, finance experts and managers.


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  • magdaline, udupi

    Sat, Nov 21 2009

    Well done omani students as well as mahe university giving them a chance to express thier lovo for thier country eventhough they are far away from thier country.

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  • A.K.MUHIUDDEEN, MANGALORE/MUSCAT-SULTANATE OF OMAN

    Sat, Nov 21 2009

    I HAVE BEEN LIVING IN MUSCAT,OMAN, FOR THE LAST 21YEARS. A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY WITH TOLERANCE TO ALL RELEGIONS & HUMAN BEINGS, RULED BY HIS MAJESTY SULTAN QABOOS BIN SAID, A WELL EDUCATED,GREAT VISIONARY, A SELFLESS, A HIGHLY DIGNIFIED LEADER & ROLE MODEL FOR ALL THE LEADERS & CITIZENS OF THE WORLD, WHO HAS LED OMAN SUCCESSFULLY IN ITS ALLROUND DEVELOPMENT IN EACH AND EVERYFIELD SUCH AS, EDUCATION, HEALTHCARE, ECONOMY, INDUSTRY, INFRASTRUCTURE, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONSHIP ETC. I RESPECT HIM AS ONE OF THE ROLE MODEL & SALUTE THIS GREAT BROADMINDED VISIONARY LEADER FROM THE CORE OF MY HEART, AND PRAY ALMIGHTY ALLAH TO BLESS HIM, HIS COUNTRY, ALL OMANI NATIONALS AND ALL EXPATRIATES WITH GOOD HEALTH, WEALTH, HAPPINESS, PEACE AND HARMONY. HIS MAJESTY ENCOURAGES YOUNG OMANIS BOTH MEN & WOMEN TO GET EDUCATED & TO COME UP IN LIFE, WHICH WILL HELP IN THE ALROUND GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE COUNTRY. I STILL REMEMBER ONE OF HIS INSPIRING SPEECHES SAYING THAT "INSTEAD OF GIVING FISH TO SOMEBODY, TEACH AND GUIDE HIM HOW TO CATCH FISH FOR LIVING". THIS IS A REAL MOTIOVATION TO ANY YOUTH WHO WANTS TO COME UP IN LIFE. I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED & TOUCHED TO SEE OMANI STUDENTS IN MY NATIVE PLACE, ENJOYING THEIR STUDIES AND CELEBERATING THE 39th NATIONAL DAY OF OMAN. FOR THEM IT IS A HOME AWAY FROM HOME. LONG LIVE INDO-OMANI RELATIONSHIP. LET PEACE PREVAIL IN THIS WORLD AND BENEFIT THE HUMANITY. THANKS TO DAIJIWORLD FOR THEIR IMPARTIAL MEDIA COVERAGE, WHICH IS THE NEED OF THE HOUR.

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  • Michael, Muscat, Mangalore

    Fri, Nov 20 2009

    Nice to see Omani students celebrating their National Day in our native place. All praise to His mejesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said. Wishing all omani's happy natioanl day.

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  • praveen, Mangalore,Muscat

    Fri, Nov 20 2009

    I very glad to see omanis in Manipal.they are very good people.they respect indians very much.The ruler of Oman,His Majesty Sultan Quaboos Bin Said is Very good.he also respects indians same how respcts omanis.god bless him and live long.wish you all omanis Happy National Day.

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  • Abraham Couotinho, Mundkur/Bombay

    Fri, Nov 20 2009

    Oman National Day Celerated in Manipal by them. Omanis are good people. In spite of science and education they still maintain their traditional way of living in dress & behaviour. Indians - well respected in Oman. Their King, His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said is worth for their & our full prise. He himself studied in India. He donated 3 places for the Churches - Rui, Gala etc. You will see Temple and Gurudwara in Oman. Tolerates other religions. He encourages eduction. Helps his people to come up.

    It is said, he even advances full money to youth not much educated to buy taxi and earn but none was jailed when money was not returned. In the "Qaboos Mosque" (2nd biggest in Asia) built by him, he kept place for women enough for 700 of them for Namaz. Women are respected. Not suppressed.

    I saw a golden plate on display in their musiam, donated by Goan people (sailors) to Majesty's father Thaimur. So long is Indian connection with Oman. Oman is ruled well. Adopted Bicameral System - Council of Oman (Majails Oman)=Parliament is of 89 seats. The constituion says ...Each member must be Omani, not less than 40 years of age, of good social standing and sound reputation and with appropriate practicle experience ...(compare our M.Ps ?). Omani Citizen above 21 years can vote. Above 31 yrs can stand for election. Oman got 39 Districts. One representative for 30,000 people. If it is 30,000 plus there shall be 2 representatives. He is a Benevolent King. God Bless him and live long.

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  • A.S.Mathew, U.S.A.

    Thu, Nov 19 2009

    I had the privilege of visiting Oman a few times. It is beautiful country with friendly people. Perhaps, Omani-India relationship is more profound than any other political relationship in the gulf region. The ruler of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Quaboos Bin Said, is a great visionary and benevolent ruler, who did great things for his own country.

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