As a part of a cultural exchange program, a team of students and research scholars from the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, visited and stayed in Chungtia village for seven days from April 30 to May 7.
The visitors engaged in different activities including visiting neighbouring villages, exchanging knowledge and ideas about history and politics, understanding Ao culture and lifestyle besides interacting with the school children. Residing in local homes, the visiting team interacted with the local families and experienced Naga food.
The team were pretty excited to witness the traditional practice of community fishing at rivers nearby.
‘There is enough love in this world, and the problem is we don’t appreciate each other enough,’ said one of the hosts, Senti during an informal interactive session between the students from Mumbai and the members of Chungtia Students’ Union, which was an emotional one with many sharing their heartfelt experiences.
Keeping in mind the current push for entrepreneurship and employability, a visit to small-scale and cottage industries was also included. Visiting local homes and understanding the lifestyle was an important component of the program.
The visiting team along with INFC pledged to upgrade the CSU library by adding books of economics, finance, international relations and set up an entire children’s section.
A reciprocal exchange program will be facilitated by INFC in which a team identified by CSU will be travelling to Mumbai and will be hosted by the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai.