S Korean delegates pedal around Amba Vilas Palace
20-member group in city as part of Indo-Korean exchange programme
Using bicycles, anacondas at Zoo and Mysore palace in its centenary year....
This was how the 20-member delegation from South Korea was introduced to the city on Thursday, by deputy commissioner P S Vastrad. The district administration, in association with Mysore Palace Board and Nehru Yuva Kendra, had organised the interaction programme.
Not that the visiting delegates, all youngsters, just got to know about cycling, they also had the privilege of pedalling within the precincts of Amba Vilas Palace.
Stacey Park, one of the delegates and the lone English speaking foreign guest was awe inspired to know about the city. Stacey told Deccan Herald, she would like to visit the city, especially the Palace, along with her family later.
Though she had peeked into India on net, it was for the first time she was touring India, visiting places of tourist attractions and also strategic locations.
Earlier, the deputy commissioner explained about the green concept. When a delegate wanted to know further, the officer went into its nitty-gritty. “Being the second cleanest city in the nation, Mysore produces compost in a natural way.
It is being sold as ‘Mysore Gold’. Leaves falling from trees aren’t going waste, for the city is producing compost by mulching process. Also, vegetable waste is being diverted to Pinjrapole, to feed the cattle”, the officer explained.
The district has the credit of launching nearly 15 pilot projects, including Aadhaar card issued by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the officer added.
Chairman of Mysore Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) S Sudhakar Shetty was inquisitive about their (Koreans) opinion on Indian education system.
What triggered his interest was five students from the same nation studying at Jnanasarovara International Residential School, Mysore (JIRSM), from the current academic year.
The delegates were felicitated with Mysore Peta, garland, besides T-shirts sponsored by S Sudhakar Shetty and former corporator D Nagabushan.
Prakash Vaidya, coordinator of Nehru Yuva Kendra, New Delhi, and also liaison officer for the delegation said Chamundi Hill and Infosys was also on the itinerary.
“They are in India as part of Indo- Korean exchange programme. The programme, in its seventh year, sends equal number of youth from India to Korea.
Police commissioner K L Sudheer, MCC commissioner M R Ravi, coordinator of NYK, Mysore, Prakash, deputy director of Mysore Palace Board T S Subramanya and other officers were present.