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A blend of cultures, traditions to the fore

Staff Reporter

Two-day Youth Festival for Foreign Students begins at OU

— Photo: Nagara Gopal

Fun time: Foreign students at the youth festival organised by the Osmania University Foreign Relations Department in Hyderabad on Monday.

HYDERABAD: It was a blend of colours, traditions and cultures at the second Youth Festival for Foreign Students that began on Monday at Osmania University (OU) here. Conducted by the University Foreign Relations Office (UFRO), the two-day festival includes cultural and literary events.

T.L.N. Swamy, Director of UFRO in OU, said the varsity had over 1,100 foreign students from over 65 countries. He said OU was one of the most sought after universities in the country.

Anji Reddy, Director, UFRO, appealed to Vice-Chancellor T. Tirupathi Rao to make the youth festival an inter-university festival. “There are a lot of foreign nationals in JNTU, Central University and Andhra University too and it would be good if all the students were brought together for one event,” he said.

‘Gain from your stay’

Asaduddin Owaisi, Hyderabad MP, urged students from other countries to absorb the cultural diversity of the over 400 year-old city. “India’s greatness lies in its pluralism,” he said adding that most of the problems in the world could be solved by adapting the Indian form of democracy. “We have one of the best crafted constitutions which protect the rights of the minorities,” he said.

Pointing out that in a few years, India would be leading the developing nations, he asked to the students to use the experience gained out of their stay here to better their countries. Ahmed, a student representative from Iraq, urged all his fellow students to embrace other cultures and show tolerance towards other religions. “We as youth have the power of knowledge with us. And we should all strive for peace,” he said.

B. Laxmaiah, Dean, Students Affairs, C.L.N. Gandhi, Joint Transport Commissioner, Hyderabad, and Minaj Ahmed Khan, Chairman, NRI House, were present.

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