A home away from home

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A home away from home


A desire to acquire knowledge can force any individual to break barriers and cross borders. There are several such students in the City who come from their respective states for higher studies here.  They are studying in various institutions here, at the same time, struggling hard to adjust to the new environment.

Ask any non-Kannadiga student about their first experience in the City and they would definitely speak about the language problem. But they are all praises for the educational institutions and the good company of their friends.

Amith Singh, a fourth-year student in tele-communication engineering at RVCE, had faced some difficulties during the initial stages here. He is basically from Uttar Pradesh and completed his studies in Bihar. “I got admission to RVCE but didn't get any accommodation in the hostel. There was nobody to guide me properly to get a room or a PG accommodation, but somehow I managed,” he remembers.

Along with the accommodation difficulties, he faced food problems also. He still misses his family and home-food especially during festivals.  “I feel sad for not being able to join my family during festivals. But now, I am quite comfortable here and started liking the City,” adds Amith.

Siddarth Agarwal, another student from Uttar Pradesh, likes the City so much that he has plans to settle here itself. He complains about the communication problem but admires the people for their kindness and the co-operation they extend.  “As I am staying in a hostel, I face food problems even today. There were days when I skipped my lunch in the hostel. However, my friends helped me in every way and hence I never felt lonely,” he reveals.

Debraj Sinha, a student in instrumentation technology, hails from Jamshedpur in Jharkhand. He has been in the City for the past three years and has made good numbers of friends here.

“Language became my first hurdle and created difficulties while travelling around. During the initial stages here, I was scared to step into BMTC buses because of the language barrier and I was unable to read the boards on buses,” he says.

Roji George is an MBA student and hails from Kerala. He is quite comfortable with the alien ambience and has spent hardly one-and-half years in the City. “I am away from home for six years and hence I know the art of adjusting with the environment. I haven’t faced any difficulties so far. I had a desire to stay and study in all the states. So, I completed my engineering course in Andhra Pradesh and purposefully selected Bangalore to pursue my MBA degree,” he reveals.

Indranath Sengupta has come all the way from Kolkata to acquire an engineering degree in BMS College of Engineering. He too faced the language problem in the initial stages.
“I had a tough time communicating with auto drivers and shopkeepers. But later on, I overcame the problem with the help of local friends. I feel it is difficult to learn any South Indian language,” he signs off.

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