Pune, 22nd January 2024: Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU) resonated with jubilation as 50 students from Assam, participating in the ‘Yuva Sangam’ cultural exchange program, were warmly welcomed. The Assamese guests, arriving in Maharashtra for the third phase of ‘Yuva Sangam,’ were treated to an immersive experience of authentic Maratha culture within the university’s main building.
This year’s ‘Yuva Sangam’ initiative, part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat’ campaign, is hosting the third phase across the country. Cultural exchange activities involve selected students from Maharashtra and Assam, fostering a deeper understanding of each other’s heritage. A dedicated team of students from Assam arrived in Pune on Sunday to kickstart the program.
The participating students expressed their appreciation for the University of Pune’s meticulous preparations for the event. On Sunday evening, a special function presided over by (Dr.) Parag Kalkar introduced all attendees to Pune University, Maharashtra, and Marathi culture. Dignitaries present included University Management Council Member Bageshree Manthalkar, Management Council Member Prof. Dr. Sandeep Palve, Director of Student Development Board Dr. Abhijit Kulkarni, and Director of the National Service Scheme Department Sadanand Bhosle.
During the gathering, all dignitaries extended their best wishes to the students for the upcoming week’s activities. The university, cognizant of the expectations of the visiting students, outlined the planned field visits and cultural exchange programs. This comprehensive introduction aimed to provide the students with insights into the rich cultural tapestry of Pune, Maharashtra, and the broader Indian experience.