Foreign Student Cell

ARSP has established a Foreign Students Cell. This cell works among the foreign students, specially students of Indian Origin, studying in India and promote their acquaintance with the Indian culture by arranging study tours and visits to various places of religious, historical, cultural and economic importance, all over the country, from time to time during holidays.

The first such tour of 20 students, from different countries, was organised in February 1985 to Haridwar and Rishikesh. It was followed by another trip in September, 1985 to Agra and Mathura oil Refinery, comprising 32 students from Mauritius, Kenya, South Africa, Holland, Malaysia and Thailand. 37 students were taken to Kedarnath and Badrinath in September,1985.

In November, 1986, 25 students from various countries were taken to Nainital, Kousani and Almora.

In January, 1987, a large group of students from Fiji, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Holland, Norway and Sri Lanka was taken to Alwar, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Agra, Mathura and Vrindavan. Again, another group of 25 students visited Haridwar and Rishikesh in January, 1989.

A historic tour to Kurukshetra, Chandigarh and Pinjore Garden was organised in February 1989 consisting of 26 students from ten countries. This was organised jointly with the Indian Council for cultural Relations (ICCR). Another tour of 30 foreign students from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mauritius was conducted in October, 1991 jointly with ICCR. 31 students from various countries took part in a trip to Shimla and Chandigarh in January, 1992. A lunch was hosted for the group by Shri Shanta Kumar ( the then Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh).

Another group of 26 students from Fiji, Mauritius, South Africa, China and Afghanistan was taken to Mathura and Agra in October 1993. Local sight seeing tours were also conducted from time to time in which students from various countries participated.

Diwali-eve get-together was organised in the Tagore Hall, Delhi University on 9th November, 1985 in which over 100 foreign students participated. Cultural programme was performed by these students and it was followed fire works, tea and snacks.

In November, 1988, celebrations were organised on the eve of Diwali jointly with ICCR at Azad Bhowan in which over 150 students from various countries participated. The programme was followed by high-tea and fireworks. Arrangements were also made for the students to visit the local families.

Similar programmes were also organised jointly with the ICCR in October 1989, November, 1991 and in October, 199? The Ambassador of Indonesia, High Commissioner of Trinidad and the Ambassador of Nepal, were invited as chief guests respectively for these functions.

Holi get-together was organised in March, 1986 and March, 2002 in which foreign students sang Bhojans and light songs and Kathak dance was performed by the students of Kathak Kendra. Independence Day get-together was organised on 14th August, 2002 at Hansraj College, Delhi University. High Commissioner of Mauritius was the the Chief Guest Similar functions were also organised on the eve of Independence Day in the subsequent years.

A welcome function for the new foreign students was organised by the ARSP at Hansraj College in September, 2004. The Ambassador of Nepal was the Chief Guest.