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Apeejay alumna from Punjab joins Yuva Sangam tour to explore Mumbai’s rich traditions and technology 

More than 40 participants from Punjab visited Vidhaan Sabha, Raj Bhavan, and Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, among other places

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Apeejay alumna Shriya Maini, founder, Immuno Eats, along with 44 other students from Jalandhar, recently visited Mumbai to explore the city and its culture and tradition as part of the Yuva Sangam programme. Organised to promote cultural exchange and acquaint the youth with the diversity in India, the event introduced people from Punjab to the cuisine, tourist spots, and heritage of Mumbai.

Yuva Sangam is an initiative under the Government of India’s ‘Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat’ that conducts “exposure tours” between two different Indian states for youngsters between the ages 18-30. The youth from one state visit its paired state for an immersive experience across five broad areas— Paryatan (Tourism), Parampara (Traditions), Pragati (Development), Paraspar Sampark (People-to-people connect), and Prodyogik (Technology).

This time, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Jalandhar, Punjab, and Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay, Mumbai, helmed the Yuva Sangam event as nodal institutes in their respective states.

The five-day tour in Mumbai comprised an elaborate itinerary across different parts of the city. Day 1 began with a tour of the IIT-B campus. Sharing her experience, Shriya said, “We visited various workshop labs and gathered knowledge about the working of centrifugal force and its application for huge projects. We learnt about Civil Engineering and how bridges are repaired. Another exciting thing was the plastic pen recycling model.”

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On day 2, the youngsters visited several tourist hotspots including The Asiatic Society, Flora Fountain, Hutatma Chowk, Clock Tower, Bombay High Court, Nariman Point, National Gallery of Modern Art, Huge offices of Banks, Dhirubhai Ambani Square, Nita Ambani Cultural Center, NABARD office, Trident Office, and more.

The visitors were also taken to Vidhaan Sabha, Raj Bhavan, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on days 3 and 4. “We met with the Governor of Maharashtra and All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) chairperson. We also interacted with Professor Dr Deepak B Phatak from IIT-B, who is a Padma Shri awardee, and Dr Tushaba Shinde, Senior Divisional Personnel Officer, Ministry of Railways,” said the foodpreneur. 

Among the other destinations that the group visited were Colaba market, Gateway of India, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, and Kanheri Caves. “On our way back, we interacted with the local tribes of that area, learnt about their living and distributed juices and biscuits to the children,” Shriya added.

A special cultural programme was also organised for the visitors to showcase Marathi culture through folk dance and drama. Meanwhile, they relished the authentic cuisine of Maharashtra including pav bhaji, batata vada, kokum sharbat, koshimbir, puran poli, thalipeeth, and pitla, among other delicacies.

The tour turned out to be a great learning experience for everyone. Talking about her learnings, Shriya stated, “We learnt to adjust and adapt to a new place. This was a great opportunity to make new friends from different backgrounds and learn about their journeys. We learnt team management and coordination among group members.

“On our way back to Punjab, we met Maharashtra delegates on their Yuva Sangam tour to Punjab. We interacted with the students of Maharashtra on the train and enjoyed ourselves to the fullest,” she added.

Disha Roy Choudhury is a Principal Correspondent at Apeejay Newsroom. She has worked as a journalist at different media organisations. She is also passionate about music and has participated in reality shows.

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