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Edu-trip helps students, faculty study diverse Odisha

A Draft Correspondent | Mumbai

A team of students and faculty members from the Institute of Hotel Management (IHM), Mumbai went for a student cultural exchange programme to Bhubaneshwar last week. The trip that lasted from 9 to 14 February 2020 was conducted by the Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Nutrition (IHMCTAN), Bhubaneswar under the 'Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat' campaign. Both the institutes are autonomous bodies under the Union Ministry of Tourism and the paired states of Maharashtra and Odisha have come together to share their cultural diversity to promote national integration.

The team from Mumbai included ten students and two faculty members who were taken on a tour to local places of tourist interest including Dhauli Shanti Stupa which symbolises the transformation of Emperor Ashoka during the Kalinga War. The team were provided accommodation at the IHMCTAN premises and were treated with traditional Odishi food during the course of their stay. The activities included interactive sessions along with a presentation of the in-depth knowledge about the cultural diversity and history of the state of Odisha.

The students of IHM Mumbai were also taken on a tour of the college premises where they interacted with the Principal, faculty members and the students of the institute. They also visited Kala Bhumi Odisha Craft Museum where they were briefed about the myriad arts and crafts of the state. The students were introduced to the palm leaf painting called the 'Tala Patra Chitra' and were encouraged to draw on the palm leaves themselves.

The team from Mumbai visited other places such as the famous Lingaraj temple and the Raja Rani temple, both displaying excellent architectural structures of ancient Odisha. They were later familiarised with the history of the state at the Odisha State Museum. The team also visited the caves of Udaygiri and Khandgiri that housed several Jain monks.

The penultimate day of their stay in Odisha was marked by a visit to the world famous Jagannath Temple at Puri and the Sun Temple at Konark where the students learnt of the history of the temples. The students got an opportunity to visit the natural salt water lake - Chilika Lake.

On the last day of the exchange programme, students from IHM Mumbai worked together with the students from IHM Bhubaneshwar to prepare traditional and regional Maharashtrian food to celebrate the diversity in the cuisines of the two states.