Exchange students experience the villages of Jharkhand What can be more enchanting than visiting the heart of India on your very first visit to the country. 25 students from 7 B-Schools across the globe who have joined XLRI for their 5th terms went on a village visit coordinated by one of XLRI’s NGO partners to get a first-hand experience of rural India. The foreign nationals came back from their captivating trip to share some of their memories. Agatha- from France described it as an unforgettable memory. She said - “I have never seen a welcome as this when we went to the schools to interact with the students. The students are bright and have a great zeal for learning and sharing.” Another student reflected after the visit that “social awareness is the first step to rebuild India’s economy and speed up the development.”
India’s urban sector is doing tremendously well and attracting investments and attention but the rural sector is often side-lined. If the managers of tomorrow are exposed to the issues then they can contribute to uplift the rural poor. Apart from this, some students expressed concerns about the lack of teachers and poverty. The issue of a healthy student/teacher ratio is still not resolved in many schools in the villages and many schools still don’t have proper reading material and infrastructure. The NGO and XLRI are doing a great work in bringing us here so we can contribute and spread the word around. This visit also highlighted that no place is far away to reach out. The village visit by the foreign students reflects XLRI’s commitment to improve social awareness and contribute to learning. XLRI has a village visit in its curricula where it focuses to sensitize the students to the issues of India’s rural populace.
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