As a part of the MoU signed between KISS Deemed to be University, Odisha, India and Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh the students of Daffodil International visited the KISS-DU campus from 4th August to 9th August 2022. Their five-day visit revolved around learning about the best practices of KISS-DU.

Day 1 (04/09/2022)
Interaction with Professor Deepak Kumar Behera, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor and participation in the ‘Say No to Drugs’ Campaign organized by the Ambedkar Chair, KISS-DU.

Day 2 (05/08/2022)

Language Exchange Programme organized by the Tribal Language Club, KISS-DU

The Tribal Language Club organized a Language Exchange Programme, wherein the students of Daffodil International University (DIU) learned two Tribal Languages:  Kuvi and Santali and taught Bangla (the national language of Bangladesh) to the students of KISS-DU. The event organized by Tribal Language Club on 5th August 2022.

Dr. Sushree Sangita Mohanty, Director of Centre for Indigenous Languages and Narratives, KISS-DU had taken a session on Importance of Mother Tongue in the context of Early Childhood Education. In her session she said, “Quality education should be delivered in the language spoken at home”. By one estimate, as much as 40% of the global population does not have access to an education in a language they speak or understand. It is a hindrance to the early acquisition of critically important reading and writing skills. The challenges are most prevalent in regions where linguistic diversity is greatest. With years of experiences in early childhood education among multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual diverse tribal children through mother tongue based multilingual education, it is the right time to have a language exchange programme where the students of both the university to share and reflect upon its need, challenges and a way forward, she added.

The Language Instructors of the Centre, Ms. Malti Murmu, Santali Language Instructor and Mr. Santosh Miniaka, Kuvi Language Instructor, took a language learning session where international students from DIU, Bangladesh learned some basic gestures/sentenses in both Kuvi and Santali languages and in return taught the Bengali language to our students. The gestures/sentences were:

English Kuvi Santali Bangala Hindi
Greetings Juhari Johar Śubhēcchā/ Adab अभिवादन
What is your name? Na Doru Injah Nutum Āpanāra nāma ki? (আপনার নাম কি?) तुम्हारा नाम क्या हे?
How are you? Eniki Manjhi Ched Leka Menema Āpani kēmana āchēna? (আপনি কেমন আছেন?) तुम कैसे हो?
I am fine. Thank you! Nanu Nihi Manai. Juhari! Basge. Sarhao! Āmi bhālō āchi. Dhan’yabāda! (আমি ভালো আছি. ধন্যবাদ!) मैं ठीक हूं। धन्यवाद!
I am feeling good to meet with you Ninge Andana Nihi Astate Ape Salag Rapal Hate Besge Bujha. Āpanāra sāthē dēkhā karē āmāra bhālō lāgachē. (আপনার সাথে দেখা করে আমার ভালো লাগছে) मुझे आपसे मिलकर अच्छा लग रहा है.

The program culminated with a cultural program in which Dhap dance was presented by the students of KISS.

Day 3 (06/08/2022)

KISS-DU and DIU students visit to Tribal Museum of Odisha, SCSTRTI, Bhubaneswar

The students of KISS Deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar and Daffodil International University, Bangladesh visited Tribal Museum of Odisha, SCSTRTI on 6th August 2022 for a day long exposure visit. This was organized as a part of the MoU signed between both the universities. The exposure visit was part of a student exchange programme in its wake. The students visited various galleries of Odisha State Tribal Museum in the morning and were taken to the interactive digital museum on the PVTGs later in the afternoon. Professor A.B Ota, an internationally renowned anthropologist and the Director of the Institute, addressed the students on the history of the institute and various dimensions of the tribal heritage of India and Odisha. While referring He spoke at length about the evolving career of SCSTRTI, focusing on the role of the museum in preserving artefacts and aspects of tribal cultures which have now disappeared from practice, referring to the extensive collection at the institute since its foundation in 1952. Professor Ota also discussed case studies of some tribal technologies and practices which the institute has been working to promote on a sustainable commercial basis. The students keenly observed the various exhibits, particularly enjoying the various digital interfaces, including a number of simulation effects.

Day 4 (07/08/2022)

Cultural Activities and Fun Activities at the Art and Crafts Club

Group Discussion followed by movie screening – “Jungle Cry”

On 8 August, the visiting students were treated to a special screening of the Movie Jungle Cry, based on the Rugby world series triumph of the KISS boys in 2007. Dr. Anirban Bandyopadhyay coordinated the event, with Dr. Priyoneel Basu and Mr. Rudrakesh Jena offering great assistance. Mr. Jena and three players from the 2007 team interacted with them at length. Mr. Jena recalled several exclusive stories about the training and the grooming of the players before the departure. Some of the students were visibly moved to tears at the sight of Mr. Jena and the players.

Day – 5 (09/09/2022)

Visit to the medicinal garden of KISS-DU and witnessed ‘World Indigenous Day’

Medicinal Garden of KISS-DU

Celebration of World Indigenous Day with the students of Daffodil International University, Dhaka, Bangladesh