The Indian dream
Foreign students speak to Nitin Sreedhar about DU, street food, rickshaws and much more...Updated: Jul 06, 2011 10:39 IST
Moving to a new university abroad is a dream many Indian students ponder over. But when you look at it from the other way round, there are students who opt to come to India, more specifically Delhi and tend to stay here in order to pursue their studies and experience life in a totally new dimension. We caught up with a few such students who have moved to Delhi in search of new pastures.
Bhavna Bisoondeeal, who will be pursuing Psychology at Kamla Nehru College, is from Mauritius, chose Delhi because her ancestral connections.
“I chose Delhi because my ancestors are from India. I am in awe of the Indian culture. Life is so simple around here, and also the cost of living is quite economical.
During my admission process, my first preference was University Of Pune followed by University Of Bombay, but in the interviews for admission into DU, I came first so
I made it the obvious choice. While on my way to India, I kept browsing pictures of Delhi, and when I arrived here I absolutely liked T3.” Bisoondeeal who has been to India before says she won’t be missing Mauritius, a place she calls ‘mini India’. “Delhi feels like home now. I have lived here for 3 years. I remember my parents called me back for my vacations, but I declined as I did not wish to leave Delhi.”
She feels that moving to Delhi will help her handle things on her own.
“Another important reason is that I want to live independently, work hard and have fun at the same time, without crossing my limits. I applied for a scholarship and got selected in the General cultural scholarship scheme.”
Bisoondeeal feels that she’ll adjust to the conditions in the capital pretty soon.
“I will be able to adjust over here easily because my friends are with me. I enjoy travelling in Delhi, I enjoyed the rickshaws, buses and I can’t wait to get started on the variety of Indian cuisines.”
Bisoondeeal has set her goals straight and wants to make the most of the opportunity that beckons.
“What I personally believe is that working is not about the monetary benefits. I faced a lot of hardships during my childhood and I don’t want that others to face the same problems. Once I am done with my graduation I want to complete my masters soon. I think that studying Psychology will make me a better person and once I get a job
I will fulfill all my basic needs, but most importantly I will help people.”
Devyashi Naina Jhummun who will start her Bsc. Bio Chemistry hons at Deshbandhu College, says the prominence of Delhi University among worldwide institutions was the reason behind the move.
“I’ve chosen DU because it has been ranked among the best universities in the world. So, it means that it is very well recognised and getting jobs in foreign countries would not be a problem. I have been to India a couple of times and spent some time in Delhi. I realized that I could live here if I got an opportunity because I could adapt to the living conditions. I love the food over here, especially the “thali”. The only minor drawback here is the atmosphere which is often polluted. I think that
I will take time to adapt to this. As far as the environment in the university is concerned, I found it to be very interesting and different from the outside world.”
Pavesh Ramnarayen, who will be pursuing Geography Hons from Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, will actually be setting a milestone. “I am the only Mauritian to pursue this course in 5 yrs. I got to know about this from the Career guidance Centre which is a part of the ministry of education of Mauritius.”
Ramnarayen says his love for the Indian culture is the driving force behind his move to DU. “Living in India is appropriate and value for money. It is not at all expensive around here and I really love the Indian culture.”
His love for the subject also proved important. “I love geography and I want to make it big in this field. There is a misconception about Geography that it is only about mapping, which is wrong because geography has got various dimensions. I opted for Delhi University because its degree carries immense value. All my teachers in school at Mauritius are from DU.”
Ramanarayen aims to ply his traits at the global level one day.
“Once I am done with my studies I wish to join the United Nations (UN) or the European Union (EU). I already have some experience of working with the UN as I was an official at a Model UN conference.” On adapting to the dynamic conditions of Delhi, Ramnarayen said,
“Although I have tasted Indian Food, I am still not accustomed to street food. Apart from the minor language problem in my college, I absolutely love the environment over here.”