Canadian varsity to launch programme on Indian culture

A Canadian University will launch a one-year certificate programme to familiarise non-Indians and Indian diaspora of the country with India’s culture and history.
The 30 credit one-year certificate programme will be launched this September by the University of Fraser Valley (UFV) in British Columbia through its Centre for Indo-Canadian Studies.

The programme includes courses in history, geography, religious studies, anthropology and the Punjabi language.

The students will also tour India, which will allow them to engage in a cross-cultural study of social, institutional and family networks.

“We designed the programme so as to make it attractive for all students – those of Indian heritage and those who are non-Indian,” Satwinder Bains, Director of the centre and a UFV professor of Social Work and Human Services said.

The new certificate is another addition to the many activities UFV is working on to nurture its connections with India.

“Students with a familiarity with Indian culture, history, economics, Indian languages, are enjoying a competitive advantage once they hit the workforce. These courses expose them to knowledge and ideas about a cultural community that has a great impact on our daily work and lives here in the Fraser Valley,” Bains said.

The Indo-Canadian community has flourished in the Fraser Valley for over 100 years. It seems only fitting that one of the first regions to welcome Indian immigrants to Canada should also be the first to offer a uniquely designed programme of study about it, Bains added.

(Source: PTI)

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