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India@75-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav

 

 

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Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav is an initiative of the Government of India to celebrate and commemorate 75 years of progressive India and the glorious history of it’s people, culture and achievements.

 

This Mahotsav is dedicated to the people of India who have not only been instrumental in bringing India thus far in it’s evolutionary journey but also hold within them the power and potential to enable Prime Minister Modi’s vision of activating India 2.0, fuelled by the spirit of Atmanirbhar Bharat.

 

Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav is an embodiment of all that is progressive about India’s socio-cultural, political and economic identity. The official journey of “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” commences on 12th March, 2021 which starts a 75 week countdown to our 75th anniversary of Independence and will end post a year on 15th August, 2023.

 

To see the celebration of India@75 Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav across the globe, please visit: https://mea.gov.in/india-at-75.htm and https://amritmahotsav.nic.in/index.htm

 

Celebration by Embassy of India, Beirut

 

Embassy of India has undertaken various activities under India@75-Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The details of the events are as follows:

 

March, 2021:

 

Curtain Raiser event of celebration of India@75 Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav

 

On 19 March, 2021, the Embassy of India, Beirut organized the Curtain Raiser event of celebration of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, India@75. The event, which was organized virtually, given the local Covid-19 situation, was attended by a number of Indian community members. Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan addressed the Indian community and conveyed Hon’ble Prime Minister’s message on how the #AmritMahotsav will be celebrated across India and globally. He highlighted various themes of these celebrations and underlined that the Indian community is an important stakeholder in these celebrations. He invited the Indian community to wholeheartedly participate and also generate ideas on how to make these celebrations more participatory and also appealing for the local Lebanese communities. Ambassador also spoke about India’s global standing, vaccine maitri initiative and India’s priorities as member of the UN Security Council. Ambassador also spoke about India-Lebanon relationship and gave an overview about a number of projects undertaken by the Embassy in past 1 year to help the local communities. Ambassador also spoke about the exemplary services rendered by the Indian soldiers as part of the UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) in South Lebanon. Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor, American University of Beirut and Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School spoke on various aspects of India’s achievements in 75 years after Independence. Dr. Patra spoke at length about Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan while Ms. Bhatia spoke about her life as an expatriate and how to leverage culture to build bridges with local communities.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1178/15

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

Launch of Monthly eNewsletter "Sampark": Embassy of India, Beirut launched a new monthly e-Newsletter, Sampark on March 19, to coincide with the launch of India@75 celebrations.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1229/15

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

April 2021:

 

Signing of MoU between Embassy of India, Beirut and Shouf Biosphere Reserve: On 16 April, 2021, Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to Lebanon signed an MOU with President of Shouf Cedar Reserve Mr. Charles Noujim for supporting 2 important eco projects at the Reserve. The projects, funded by Government of India, envisaged under this cooperation include construction and furnishing of a reception cabin at Mrusti entrance of the Reserve and supporting reforestation of one hectare area within the Reserve by planting 800 cedar trees.  The MOU was signed at the Reserve under the shadow of majestic Cedar trees. Her Excellency, Madam Noura Jumblatt, Mr. Nasser Zaidan, Mayor of Mresti, Mr. Nizar Hani, Senior official of the Reserve and other local dignitaries were present. These projects coming during the celebrations of India@75, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, mark a new beginning of cooperation between Embassy of India and the Biosphere Reserve.

Shouf Biosphere Reserve is the largest reserve in Lebanon covering almost 5% of total land area and is home to legendary Cedar trees of Lebanon. These projects will increase tourism to the Reserve and will help in the ecological conservation of the Reserve.  “Cedar trees have lives of thousands of years. As long as these 800 Cedars stand tall, they will bear testimony to the strong India- Lebanon friendship for next thousands of years”, Ambassador said in his speech.  Dr Khan also offered the Reserve administration and local municipality to benefit from various training programmes under ITEC (India Technical and Economic Cooperation) programme of the Ministry of External Affairs of India.

Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/pressreleases/detail/320

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

 

Interview with Mariam TV: Ambassador had an live interview with Mariam TV on April 19, 2021 on the occasion of 75 weeks long celebrations to mark 75 years of India’s Independence. Ambassador spoke about the bilateral relations between both countries, role of Indian Battalion at UNIFIL, the projects undertaken by the Embassy, role of women etc. Interview can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/V4W0wV3vAMQ

 

Online Quiz on the life of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar: The Embassy of India, Beirut, as part of India@75 celebration, conducted online quiz on the life and work of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar from April 14-20, 2021.

 

May, 2021:

 

Interview with All Seasons Magazine: On the occasion of India@75 celebrations, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan had an interview with Ms. Nidal Chehab, Editor in Chief of all seasons magazine. Ambassador spoke about India - Lebanon relations, activities done by the Embassy, ITEC program, etc. The interview was published online on May 22, 2021 on their website and facebook accounts. Links: https://bit.ly/3hO7Ex9

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/512176179121572/posts/1467896400216207/?d=n

 

Interview with Mariam TV: On May 17, 2021, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan had an interview with Ms. Joelle Aziz, Mariam TV on current situation of Coronavirus in India and India’s Vaccination Programme.

Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/zQeXfuSVmtY

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/IndiaInLebanon

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1230/15

 

Online Quiz and Prize Distribution: On May 12, 2021, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan felicitated Ms. Lynn Tabat who won the prize in the online quiz on life & works of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar organised by the Embassy as part of India@75 celebrations.

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1231/15

 

Indian Cultural Show and Exhibition by Indian Battalion at UNIFIL:  and As part of India@75 celebrations, “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the Indian Battalion at UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) organised a cultural show and exhibition on May 24, 2021. The event was attended by Charge d' Affaires a.i., Shri Jagjit Singh, Shri P. Pattabhi, Second Secretary, senior UNIFIL officers, local mayors and other dignitaries.

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/notice/display/1208/15

 

Exhibition on India-Lebanon Bilateral Relations: As part of India@75 celebrations, Ambassador Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan inaugurated an Exhibition on May 31, 2021 on the activities of the Embassy at the Elite Centre in Tripoli. Ambassador interacted with faculty and guests of the Elite Centre. Ambassador also presented a plaque of appreciation to Director of the Elite Centre Ms. Imane Kamali Dernaika for promoting India-Lebanon friendship. 

Website Link: https://www.indianembassybeirut.gov.in/pressreleases/detail/327

 

Videos from Friends of India: Videos were received from the following Lebanese personalities and uploaded on Mission’s social media platforms on the occasion:

a. Mr. Ali Tourba, a Lebanese friend of India and one of the winners of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2020-21

b. Dr. Haifa Abou Assi, Ayurveda practitioner and President of the Lebanese Chiropractic Association

 

June 2021:

 

Conference on Bilateral Trade and Investment: Embassy of India, Beirut, in association with TPCI, organized a Virtual Conference on Bilateral Trade and Investment Opportunities between India and Lebanon on June 4, 2021. The Conference was also supported by the Lebanese Embassy in New Delhi. Deputy Chief of Lebanese Embassy in New Delhi, senior TPCI officials and representatives of various Trade Bodies/Chambers in Lebanon attended the Conference. The three most important chambers in Lebanon i.e. Beirut, Tripoli and Saida chambers were represented. The Conference was addressed by the Ambassador. Ambassador spoke on the need to enhance interactions between trade bodies of India and Lebanon, exchange of delegations, sharing of database of traders of potential exporters-importers & publication of standards for imports in Lebanon. Ambassador particularly underlined that there exists untapped potential to enhance bilateral trade in the sectors like food and agriculture, pharmaceuticals, machinery etc.

 

Inauguration of Red Cross Building, Govt of India project: On June 6, Ambassador accompanied by HOC, Shri Jagjit Singh visited South Lebanon and inaugurated the newly constructed, GoI funded, Red Cross Building at Chebba municipality in the area of operation of Indian Battalion in UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon). The Quick Impact Project (QIP) was completed in March, 2021. The inauguration was organized by the UNIFIL and local municipality jointly. The event was attended by Mr. Mohd Saab, Mayor of Chebaa & Head of Al Arqoub Union, Brigadier General Javier Mur Lalaguna, Commander Sector East UNIFIL, Mr. Kasim Hashim, Member of Parliament of the local area, Sheikh Ismail Dalli, Judge of local area, Col Mohver Singh Grewal, Sena Medal, Commander Indian Battalion, representative from Lebanese Armed Forces, Senior Red Cross officials and a number of local dignitaries.

 

Celebrations of IDY 2021:

 

Curtain Raiser event on IDY: A special yoga session under the theme “Yoga for Wellness” was organised at the Embassy on June 14 in association with Art of Living, Lebanon. The session focused on boosting immunity and respiratory health in fight against Covid-19/other respiratory illnesses and was led by Lebanese Yoga instructor Dana Shamseddin.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga: Embassy organized IDY 2021 main event at prominent Sanayeh Park in Beirut on June 20. Yoga as per Common Yoga Protocol was conducted by the instructors from Art of Living and Isha Foundation. Also, other yoga schools in Lebanon participated in the event. In light of Covid-19, the participation was restricted to invitees only. Chief of Protocol of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Dr. Abeer Ali representing Her Excellency Ms. Zeina Akar, Vice President of Council of Ministers, Minister of Defense and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Mr. Mohamad Itani, representing HE Mr. Hani Chemaitelly, Secretary General of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Mr. Haytham Sayad, Adviser, representing HE Judge Marwan Aboud, Governor of Beirut attended the event. The event was attended by approximately 100 persons.

 

Launch of Little Guru App: Embassy launched Little Guru App on the occasion of IDY.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga by Indian Battalion in UNIFIL: Ambassador attended the celebration of IDY organized by Indian Battalion in UNIFIL in South Lebanon on June 21. The event was attended by a large number of local yoga enthusiasts. Also, fellow peacekeeping contingents from Spain, Cambodia, Indonesia, Serbia, Kazakhstan, etc. participated in the event.

 

Celebration of International Day of Yoga by Elite Center: Elite Center of Culture & Education, Tripoli organized a Yoga Session in association with the Embassy, Tripoli Municipality, Tripoli Touristic Association, Isha Foundation and Art of Living on June 27. This was the 4th event organised by the Embassy this year as part of IDY. This is the first time when Yoga Day was celebrated in Tripoli, the 2nd most populous city in Lebanon. The event was inaugurated by the Ambassador, head of Tripoli Municipality, Dr. Riad Yamak and President of Elite Center, Dr. Imane Kamali. Head of Tripoli Touristic Association, Dr. Mounzer Kabbara also graced the event. The event was attended by a large number of Lebanese yoga enthusiasts.

 

Signing of MoU between FIEO and Association of Shouf Industrialists: Embassy facilitated signing of an MoU between FIEO & ASI (Association of Shouf Industrialists), Lebanon on June 24 in presence of Ambassador, DG & CEO FIEO, Dr. Ajay Sahai and President ASI, Mr Nabil Ghossaini. They also exchanged views for expanding/diversifying bilateral trade.

 

July, 2021:

Tourism Promotion: As part of India@75, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and in line with State promotion activities, the Embassy of India, Beirut organised a tourism event “Incredible India – Your favourite Touristic Destination” focusing on States of Madhya Pradesh & Rajasthan on July 16, 2021 in hybrid mode with the participation of State Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh, State Tourism Promotion Board of Rajasthan, Association and Travel and Tourism Agents in Lebanon (ATTAL) and with the support of India Tourism Office Dubai. Ambassador made welcome remarks and gave an overview of touristic landscape of India. On behalf of the Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh, Mr. Sheo Shekhar Shukla, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Madhya Pradesh gave opening remarks. Later, the team from Tourism Promotion Board of Madhya Pradesh made a detailed presentation. The Tourism Board of Rajasthan, represented by Ms. Gayatri Rathore, Principal Secretary Tourism, Government of Rajasthan showcased the state of vibrant folk dance and music, gigantic forts and palaces, spicy food, colourful and large turbans, extensive golden sand desert, camels and rich handicraft. The event was attended by Mr. Antoin Assi, Director, Ministry of Tourism of Lebanon, Mr. Jean Abboud, President of Association and Travel and Tourism Agents in Lebanon (ATTAL) and Ms. Myriam Shouman, Member of Association for Development of Lebanese Indian Relations (ADLIR) and by several tour operators based in Lebanon. The event was widely covered by the local media including in India.

 

Business Meet and Gala Dinner under the theme “India@75: An Incredible Growth Story” on August 6, 2021

As part of ongoing activities related to Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav and on the occasion of upcoming 75th Independence Day of India, Embassy of India organized a Business Meet and Gala Dinner under the theme “India@75: An Incredible Growth Story”. The Meet was attended by representative of various Chambers of Commerce and other top businessmen from Beirut, Saida, Bekka, Choufeiat and Mount Lebanon. Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan in his remarks spoke about India’s incredible growth story, strong fundamentals of Indian economy and various measures taken by Government of India during past 6 years to make India a favorite destination for investments and doing business. Ambassador also spoke about post -covid economic recovery in India and informed that India is already emerging fast from the Covid related slow down and is on the path to be again one of the fastest growing economies in the World. He also spoke about Indian economy reaching 5 trillion-dollar mark in next few years. Ambassador invited Lebanese businessmen to expand their business ties with India and look at “Import Substitution” by moving their source markets for their import needs to India. He said India could be source of large number of import requirements in Lebanon particularly in Engineering Goods, Food and Allied products and Drugs and Pharmaceuticals. He said Indian products are not only World class but also very cost-efficient which will bring down import bill of Lebanon. He also recognized successful business presence in India of the Lebanese companies, Future Pipes, Dar Al Hindasa and Khatib wa Alamy.

 

Flag Hoisting on Independence Day 2021

75th Independence Day was celebrated with utmost joy, enthusiasm and pride at the premises of Embassy of India, Beirut on 15 August, 2021. On account of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in light of various guidelines issued by the local authorities, the physical participation in the Flag Hoisting Ceremony on the occasion of 75th Independence Day of India was limited. This was however first time the Indian Community could participate in the Flag Hoisting ceremony at the Embassy, in-person, after January 26, 2020. About 50 members of the Indian community attended the ceremony. The undersigned hoisted the national flag on the occasion. After unfurling of the National Flag, Hon’ble President’s Address to the Nation was read. 2. On the eve of the Independence Day, Embassy building was lit up in Tricolour. Indian Battalion at UNIFIL also lit up various icons at its base in Tricolor on the occasion. 3. Prominent Lebanese Pianist, Ghida Knio recorded a rendition of National Anthem on the occasion which was posted on the Social Media accounts of the Mission.

 

Seminar on the theme, "India@75: A Glorious History of People, Culture & Achievements"

As part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Embassy of India, Beirut organized a Seminar on the theme, "India@75: A Glorious History of People, Culture & Achievements" on the evening of August 15, 2021. Guest Speakers (i) Dr. Digambar Patra, a prominent member of Indian Diaspora and Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB) (ii) Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Professor at Lebanese American University (LAU) and ICCR-sponsored Fellowship Professor in 2017 and (iii) Ms. Lynn Tabet, Friend of India, spoke on the occasion about achievements of India in 75 years of its Independence and about their experience in India, Indian culture, cuisine, languages and diversity of India. Ms. Amal Mansour, Advisor to Minister of Culture, a number of local dignitaries & members of Diaspora attended the event. Ambassador also felicitated all the Speakers with Shield of Appreciation. Ms Sara Chreim, the First Winner of Bharat Ko Janiye Quiz 2020-21 was also honoured with Gold Medal and a Certificate of participation. The Seminar was followed by a reception.

 

National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India on August 20, 2021

Embassy of India, Beirut organized National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India on August 20, 2021.

 

Embassy of India, Beirut organized National Day Reception to commemorate 75th Independence Day of India. The reception was part of “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav”, the mega festival which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 12th March this year from Sabarmati Ashram in the state of Gujarat in India. It was on this day, 12th March in 1930 and at the same place, Sabarmati Ashram, that Mahatma Gandhi, the leading light of our freedom movement, started Civil Disobedience Movement against the British Rule. This mega festival of India’s independence celebrates India’s Freedom Struggle as well as 4 other pillars, what Prime Minister Modi has said i.e. Ideas @75, Actions@75, Achievements @ 75 and Resolves @75.

 

A number of local dignitaries attended the event. Prominent among the attendees were, H.E. Ali Oserian, Member of Parliament and part of Lebanese- India Parliamentary Friendship Committee, Mr Salam Al Ashkar, Acting Chief of Protocol in the Foreign Office who was representing both H.E. Zeina Akkar Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants and Secretary General of Foreign Office H.E. Hani Chemaittelly, Mr. Haythem Sayad, who was representing Governor of Beirut, Brigadier General Ghassan Abboud who was representing Commander of LAF, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon H.E. Joanna Wronecka, Commander of UNIFIL Gen Stephano Del Col, and Head of World Bank Mr Saroj Jha. A number of Ambassadors and representative of UN bodies also attended the event.

 

Ambassador Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan welcomed the guests and spoke about importance of the occasion. He underlined that India is the largest democracy in the World and that in last 75 years, Indian democracy has not only survived but also thrived and became stronger and stronger. He also said that the Indian democracy is deeply rooted in India’s age-old value system based on ideals of Satyamev Jayte, i.e., truth always prevails, Vasudhaiv Kutumbkam, i.e., the World is one family and on the principles of Unity in Diversity and Non-Violence. He also added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now given the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas i.e. together for everyone’s development. Ambassador also spoke about India’s march towards becoming a 5 trillion-dollar economy in next few years with guiding principle of Atamanirbhar Bharat i.e., Self- Reliant India. He also highlighted a how India was able to make a spectacular recovery from the Covid-related slump and is already on the path of being one of the fastest growing economies in the current financial year. He also recalled how India has been a leading country providing medicine and vaccines to the World in fight against Covid-19. Ambassador Khan also spoke about India’s priorities of its membership of the UN Security Council as encapsulated in the 5- S approach i.e Samman meaning Respect, Samvad meaning Dialogue, Sahyog meaning Cooperation, Shanti meaning Peace and Samriddhi meaning Prosperity for all.

 

Ambassador termed India -Lebanon relations as cordial and spoke about the contribution of Indian battalion in the UNIFIL. He also said that India stood by Lebanon in its hour of need when it provided relief material after the tragic Beirut blasts last year and provided PPEs to the Ministry of Health in its fight against Covid-19 pandemic. He urged various ministries and government departments in Lebanon to benefit from ITEC training programmes and also urged youth to benefit from various scholarships and opportunities to study in India.

 

Mr. Haytham Sayad conveyed a message from the Governor of Beirut on the occasion congratulating India for the 75th Independence Day and also highlighting excellent bilateral relations between India and Lebanon.

 

Ms Tara Maalouf, famous Lebanese opera singer presented Hindi songs.

 

Speech of Ambassador H.E. Dr. Suhel Ajaz Khan is available on youtube: https://youtu.be/zPQNJdH2zjQ

 

Bollywood Song 'Aisa Desh Hai Mera' performed by Ms. Tara Maalouf: https://youtu.be/1mT4NSZcHyg

 

Patriotic Song 'Vande Mataram' performed by Ms. Tara Maalouf: https://youtu.be/u_1ynuX0ZfY

 

Seminar,"India@75: Unity in Diversity & a Thriving Democracy" on Aug 23, 2021

 

The Embassy organized a Seminar,"India@75: Unity in Diversity & a Thriving Democracy" on Aug 23, 2021 at Tripoli. Guest speakers included Dr Imane Kamali, President Elite Center, Bahaa Harb, President Order of Engineers,Tripoli & Prof. Rami Abboud, Dean, Faculty of Engineering, Balamand University.

 

 

Webinar on the theme “Modern Teaching Techniques and Methodology” on the occasion of Teacher’s Day on 6 Sept, 2021.

 

On the occasion of Teacher’s Day, Embassy of India, Beirut, organized a webinar on the theme “Modern Teaching Techniques and Methodology” with participation of Indian and Lebanese teachers in different institutions in Lebanon on September 6, 2021 at 3:30 PM. Cd’A a.i., Shri Sandeep Grover and other officers from the Embassy participated in the event. Guest speakers included (i) Dr. Imane Kamali, Director of Elite Center for Culture and Education, Tripoli (ii) Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Senior Instructor, School of Architecture, Lebanese American University (LAU), (iii) Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB), (iv) Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School (ACS). Ms. Rima Saab, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture, Head of Fine Arts Department of Lebanese University (LU) sent a video message on the occasion which was screened in the webinar. Apart from these speakers, many Lebanese students attended the event virtually from Elite Center, Tripoli.

 

 

2. Cd’A a.i., Shri Sandeep Grover made the welcoming remarks and spoke on the occasion. Cd’A stated that teachers inspire us in many ways to do well and succeed in life by giving us a purpose eventually making us a good citizen of the world. Among other things, Cd’A stated that technology has helped a great deal during ongoing Covid pandemic where students and teachers have moved to online classes and not attending the schools in person. This has encouraged everyone to explore more into ways to impart education through audio-visual means. Cd’A stated that Schools, Universities and colleges are around the world are collaborating to design and invent newer techniques to impart education. In order to promote and develop new ideas, the exchange of students and teachers among different schools, universities and colleges of the world play a major role.

 

 

3. In her speech, Dr. Imane Kamali presented an adequate and comprehensive study on the newly adopted teaching techniques and methods, which are all activity-based and centre the learners, involving them entirely into the process of learning. She also proposed, based on a study undertaken by Professor Randi A. Engle from the University of Pittsburgh and Professor Faith R. Conant from the university of Cambridge, a four-principled model for fostering productive disciplinary engagement in a community of learners Classroom. Dr. Kamali added that during the past two years, we have witnessed a transformation in learning, which occurred during the Covid-19 pandemic, as learning changed from face-to-face learning to virtual learning, in addition to the corresponding transformation in the use of technology, media, designs, models and assessments used in distance learning. She concluded that education is the need of the hour and as all fields of life have changed, education has also witnessed, due to the introduction of technology along with innovative teaching ways, a drastic revolution.

 

 

4. Prof. Bassam Lahoud, Senior Instructor, School of Architecture, Lebanese American University (LAU) shared his experience in India, Indian culture, cuisine, languages and diversity of India while he was ICCR-sponsored Fellowship Professor in 2017 in Kolkata.

 

 

5. Dr. Digamber Patra, Professor at American University of Beirut (AUB) spoke about modern education techniques and methodologies that have changed with technology and social structure. Dr. Patra stated that among new tools, online teaching, youtube, clickers, Moodle, Power points, Simulation, etc. are widely being used in modern instructing medium. Dr. Patra stated that traditional teaching was largely one way where instructor was giving information and theories, however, modern teaching methods encourage multiple ways of participation, where students argue, debate and study in different prospective. Dr. Patra stated that liberal education is one of the key techniques in modern college and university education where understanding philosophy of humanism, social order and scientific rationality are emphasised in a cross-discipline approach. Dr. Patra stated that modern teaching techniques give enough scope for innovation, research, creative writing, ethics, developing special skills, etc where student can explore cross discipline and easily switch over to another track that he/she finds more interesting and joyful, similarly, possibilities of various interactive learning such as group learning, project-based learning, cooperative learning, collaborative learning, research-based learning, gamification etc. make modern teaching more skilful and ethically enriching.

 

 

6. Ms. Preeti Bhatia, Teacher in American Community School (ACS) along with her colleague, Ms. Madhumita, teacher in ACS showed a presentation in the webinar which included Reggio Emilia Philosophy - a research based early childhood education approach. Among other things, she also spoke about Rabindranath’s Philosophy.

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