EUMIND - Europe meets India

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The Dutch greeting 'Welkom in India' brought great cheer to the Eumind team comprising 14 students and 3 Teachers from Vechtdal college, Ommen , the Netherlands as they entered the gates of Pawar Public School, Bhandup.

PPS Bhandup played gracious hosts to this team which visited Mumbai as a part of EUMIND - Europe Meets India - a Cultural and Educational Exchange Programme between Europe and India.

The six day programme of the group from the Netherlands was dotted with educational visits, picnics, trips to the famous shopping areas of the city of Mumbai, tete - e - tete with eminent personalities besides the lunch and dinner sessions hosted by PPS Bhandup.

The well planned schedule began with the Republic Day Celebrations and the Investiture Ceremony on 26th January 2014 in the School Auditorium at PPS Bhandup. The flag hoisting Ceremony and the films on India showcased the reverence of the Indians towards their nation. The film also brought forth the myriad culture of India which is integrated into a composite whole. The dance that followed depicted the beauty of the National Flag, the elegance of the National Bird Peacock and on the whole, the bounteous aspect of our culture and history. The significance of the Republic Day was also explained to the visitors.

The Investiture Ceremony saw the newly elected student Council Members receiving their badges and the responsibilities from the Principal as well as the Teachers from the Netherlands - Ms. Ingrid de Ruiter- Hutten,Michael Matte Man and Manon Euverman. The speeches of the Outgoing Head boy and Head girl and the Principal greatly inspired the new office bearers. Ms. Ingrid de Ruiter- Hutten , the Eumind Co- ordinator and Teacher, Vechtdal College, delivered a short yet impactful speech in which she highlighted the role of the students in shaping a glorious future for the society and humanity, at large.

The team from the Netherlands visited many places of sight - seeing in Mumbai which included the iconic Gateway of India, the Majestic Prince of Wales Museum and the artistic Jehangir Art Gallery . These monuments, particularly the Gateway, with the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as its backdrop, enamoured the guests immensely. The Colaba market lured the visitors to purchase Indian clothes, jewelley and many such items.

The Eumind team were guided to the various departments in the school. They got a hands - on - experience on crystal making in the Chemistry laboratory, mehendi decoration and fun with coloured papers ( Art and Craft). Their fascination and admiration for Indian culture reached a crescendo when they set foot on Chowkidani, a Rajasthani Resort near Kalyan. The various artefacts, the mouth watering delicacies and the Rajasthani music and dance enthralled the entire team and they were left asking for more.. The team also visited the PPS schools at Kandivali and Chandivali.

At PPS Chandivali, they got an opportunity to witness the Sports Day Function . The grandeur of the celebrations left the visitors awe struck. An informal discussion with Mrs. Supriya Sule , the Honourable Member of Parliament, enlightened the Dutch team about the educational system in the country.

The Team was also fortunate to get a rare opportunity - that of witnessing the shooting of a popular Television sitcom 'phirangi bahu' at the Bagicha Studios located at Malad. The Dutch members shared great moments of thrill and fun with the 13 students and the teachers from PPS Bhandup at the Imagica. Imagica, a match for any international Theme Park located near Khopoli, caused the visitors to raise their eyebrows in surprise as they thoroughly enjoyed the adventure rides in its sprawling premises.

They also visited Nalanda, a popular Dance Academcy in Juhu Scheme. They were treated to some fantastic dance performances which demonstrated the subtleties of the Indian classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. The guests went on a shopping spree on the last day of their trip in the local markets.

The visitor enjoyed every bit of the Oriental culture and carried home great memories of the visit. The Teachers and the students of PPS Bhandup who hosted the Netherlanders, took great care of their guests and made painstaking efforts to ensure a comfortable stay for the visitors. The gifts notwithstanding, the warmth and care extended by the Indian families left them truly overwhelmed. No wonder, they left Mumbai teary eyed and heavy hearted.

The Eumind programme which has both educational and cultural objectives, is sure to help the PPS students broaden their horizons and explore new avenues in education and career spanning across frontiers.