Foreign students at Greater Noida’s Sharda University celebrate World Teachers’ Day
Students belonging to at least 30 countries participated in the event.noida Updated: Oct 05, 2017 22:21 IST
On World Teachers’ Day on Thursday, international students studying in Sharda University, Greater Noida paid homage to their teachers by organising a cultural event at the university campus.
The event began with the students singing Saraswati Vandana and lamp lighting by the university’s vice chancellor Prof BS Pawar, followed by dance, music and theatre performances.
The private university is host to around 1,600 foreign students from more than 58 countries across the world.
Students belonging to at least 30 countries participated in the event.
“We wanted to pay homage to our faculty that helps us selflessly not only in academics but also in day-to-day lives. Therefore, we brought this concept of celebrating Teachers Day for international students,” said Shashwat Aryal, a B.Tech 4th year student from Nepal.
Aryal added that it is the teachers who help them cope with day-to-day issues, including language barrier.
“Though I am from Nepal and I am fluent in Hindi as well as English, I can tell that majority of the foreign students in Greater Noida face language issues outside their campus. It is the teachers who have helped overcome their stigma and complexes. Now we have classmates from African countries who speak Hindi fluently,” Aryal said.
Nguyen Tuan, a Vietnamese student,also said, “In the starting, my English was weak and I found it difficult to express myself. But the teachers understood my needs nevertheless and encouraged me in academics. Now I can speak English fluently.”
“It was really sweet of our teachers to organise a dance performance on this occasion,” said Nazir, a PhD student from Nigeria.
Prashant Gupta, executive director of the university thanked the international students for their efforts. “I was myself a foreign student and I can recollect the difficulties I faced during my college days. However, with the help of friends and teachers, one could easily overcome these difficulties. I would like to express my gratitude to the foreign students who had put up such a marvellous show for our teachers,” Gupta said.