Feeling at home

Cultural bonding

Bangalore has always been known to be a cosmopolitan City, which is why colleges also take that extra step to make sure that their foreign students feel comfortable here.

For this reason, the Sambhram Group of Institutions recently held a celebration in honour of the 64th Sri Lankan Independence Day. Hosted with the intention of welcoming the Sri Lankan students who are enrolled in different courses at the institution, students from eleven different colleges in the City were also invited to take part in the celebration. The celebrations were given a cultural twist with some singing, dancing and plenty of festivity.

There was a total of 285 Sri Lankan students who were a part of the event, that went on for an entire day.

The event began with the chairman of the institution, R Venkatesh, hoisting both the Indian as well as the Sri Lankan national flags, after which the event was declared officially inaugurated.

The occasion included a cultural bonanza, in which the students of the college put up different dances reflecting  Sri Lankan culture. There were other programmes as well, such as singing and group dancing. The students had a great time, since it also helped them understand more about the culture of a different country.

After the cultural programme, a special dinner was served with some of the staples of Sri Lankan cuisine — once again done to ensure that the Sri Lankan students of the college felt settled and at home. K Sudhakar, from the consulate of Sri Lanka, was present as the chief guest at the function. He read out a message sent by the president of Sri Lanka, and wished the students the best. The chairman of the group also promised to have a separate hostel which will provide Sri Lankan food, much to the delight of the students.

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