INDIA (Apr. 16) — Five Filipino college students were among the 50 youths from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) who were invited to take a study tour of India by the Indian Government and the Chamber of Indian Industries (CII).
Julius Cesar Trajano from the University of the Philippines, Morris Jose Kirby Catabian from the University of Santo Tomas, and Maricar Principe, Joan Kristine Chua and Cherry May Moreno from Miriam College were the Philippines’ participants in the study tour from 22 March to 2 April.
The program, unveiled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Cebu City during his attendance in the 5th ASEAN-India Summit in January 2007, provides for India’s hosting of 10 students from each of the 10 ASEAN member countries on a trip of sights and sounds of modern and ancient India.
The first batch of 100 students visited Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra in 2007. A second batch of 50 students visited Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur in 2008.
This year’s batch, which included five students from each ASEAN country, visited Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
The annual program includes visits to Indian institutes of technology and management, factories, educational sites, IT parks, and places of historical and cultural interest to enable them to have a firsthand experience of India, as well as to talk and interact with their Indian counterparts.
CII hosted a reception for this year’s delegates on 28 March at the Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, where the participants gave presentations about their respective countries.