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India Day at WUT

On 26 April, 2023, Warsaw University of Technology hosted the India Day. The event was organised by the Centre for International Cooperation of WUT with the support of the Embassy of India in Warsaw and WUT's Student Ambassadors: Aksa Fatima (EiTI), Siddharth Murpani (MiNI), Anchita Shetty (IBHiŚ) and Shams Timbrekar (MEiL). It was the second event this year in the series of National Day meetings. The aim of these meetings is to present the rich culture of our international students' countries of origin to WUT's community. 

Warsaw University of Technology was represented by Professor Robert Zalewski, the Vice-Rector for Student Affairs, and the Embassy of India in Warsaw by Madam Ambassador Nagma Mohamed Mallick. The meeting was also attended by the Rector's Plenipotentiary for International Cooperation in Student Affairs Professor Mirosław Szyłak-Szydłowski, the Director of the Centre for International Cooperation of WUT Mr Grzegorz Robak, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of India for Culture and Consular Affairs Mr Krishnendu Banerjee and Ms Monika Sharma, in charge of culture and education affairs.   

 I am very impressed by this event. I was pleased to see that there were not only a huge number of students from India, but also other Polish and international students and our university's employees, including the representatives of WUT's authorities and faculties. The meetings of this kind are the form of integration I care most about – integration by showing students' culture and customs. It was clear that the Indian community of our university had made a tremendous effort to present their culture in an impressive way. The representatives of the Embassy of India were also present in the event hall, which gave it even more prominence – I would like to express my appreciation for Madam Ambassador who was open to share knowledge about her country, explaining the linguistic nuances, as the people of India speak nearly 20,000 languages or dialects – said Professor Mirosław Szyłak-Szydłowski, by the Rector's Plenipotentiary for International Cooperation in Student Affairs. 

In the first part of the meeting, the participants watched short videos and a presentation about India. They could also ask Madam Ambassador questions during the Q&A session. Student Ambassadors prepared the quiz about India. Five quiz participants with the highest scores and five students from India received gifts from the Embassy of India and the Centre for International Cooperation of WUT. In the second part of the meeting, Ms Ragini Nagar performed the traditional Indian Kathak dance. Ms Nagar is the Kathak dance teacher at the Embassy of India. The participants could also try Indian snacks.   

The event was accompanied by the exhibition on the Good Maharaja. Thanks to his kindness and generosity, more than 1,000 Polish children who had been evacuated from the Soviet Union found shelter in India during and after the Second World War. One of the squares in Warsaw's Ochota district was named after the Good Maharaja as a symbol of Poles' gratitude. 

The Indian community at WUT has more than 240 students. Indian students are the third largest group of international students and the largest group of students studying in English, so it was very important to present their rich culture, beautiful costumes and delicious cuisine. 

We would like to thank the Embassy of India and our Student Ambassadors from India for their tremendous support during the preparations for the meeting. We invite all participants to the next National Day meetings. 

India Day at WUT
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