Panaji, Sep 23 (GCCurrentAffairs) Rupesh Kumar Thakur, Secretary to the Governor of Goa and Chancellor Goa University, has said that instances of xenophobic crimes were very much against ethos and the Idea of India.
Speaking as the chief guest of the Conference of International Students organized by Directorate of Foreign Students and Department of Political Science, Goa University, recently, he said,”The rising instances of hate crimes against some foreign students in India, militate against the Indian ethos which are based on VasudhaivKutumbakam (The World is a family).”
The conference, titled as ‘Being an International Student in India: Opportunities and Challenges’ saw presentations by more than a dozen students from Japan, Fiji, Indonesia, Afghanistan,Iraq, Tajikistan, South Africa, Eritria, France and Serbia, enrolled across various courses in Goa University and affiliated colleges.
Supported by the Indian Council of Cultural Relations, the cultural wing of Ministry of External Affairs, the conference was aimed at framing a ‘Goa Declaration on Foreign Students in India’ which would create a template for the implementing the measures needed for welfare of foreign students which would be submitted to state and the central Government.
Mr Thakur pointed out that the government was serious about implementing its Study in India Programme for which a safe and secure environment for foreign student was must.
While a number of students cited India’s diversity and its cultural ethos as the biggest contributing factor to their choosing India over may other destinations, they highlighted its complex procedures, inadequate infrastructure, lack if coordination between various agencies as some of the biggest hurdles. But studying in India added to the richness of their experience and made them resilient, they acknowledged. Some students pointed out that they considered themselves fortunate to be studying in Goa, which is still considered to be the best place in India in terms of its peace and tranquility.
The Conference is part of Goa University’s major efforts at increasing its international profile by having a number of exchangeprogrammes with other countries and seeking International collaboration across Sciences, Humanities and Management disciplines.
‘Three of Goa University students, Hasna Shaikh, Akash Salgaonkar and Anisree Suresh, have been selected by the Japanese Government for its Jenesys programme, eight students from Nihon University Japan are undergoing its 16th Study India Programme and Sara Marcoux and Yanis Lerrigo from Sciences Po Lyon France are on a one year credit exchange, informed Professor Rahul Tripathi, Director, Foreign Student Welfare and Head Department of Political Science, Goa University. This year Goa has received a record number of students under the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), Sudarshan Shetty, Regional Director ICCR said.