In an attempt to convey right messages about foreign nationals studying at the University of Mysore and to counter racism and discrimination against foreign nationals, a “Health Walk” was conducted on Sunday afternoon.The “Health Walk” began at the main gate of the university campus and reached Crawford Hall. A large number for foreign students with a sizeable number from African and Middle East nations participated in the walk that included several warm-up exercises, jogging and brisk walking.
The event was organised by International Students Federation of University of Mysore as part of UoM centenary celebrations and Mysuru Model United Nations Conference. Holding placards and banners, students raised awareness on health and also conveyed the message that they wanted to be treated fairly and they respected the law of the land.
Referring to a few incidents where some foreign students have behaved inappropriately in public and caused a nuisance in Bengaluru and New Delhi, Foreign Students Association Coordinator Nana Peasah, a final year MBA student, said: “Such incidents have created bad image about the student community from abroad. But they are isolated incidents and do not reflect the nature of the foreigners studying in India. All foreign students do not create trouble and all of them cannot be treated with the same yardstick.”
He said that the health walk and a host of other activities including cleanliness drives are being organised to create a friendly relationship between foreign and non-foreign students and the general public. “Such awareness drives and events are also being conducted to mark Karnataka State Level Model United Nations Conference to be held between July 27 and 29 at amphitheatre on University campus,” he added.
The city is counted among the top five in India for foreign students to pursue their higher studies. This year, more than 500 students from Tanzania, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka will be coming to Mysuru to pursue various courses from this academic year.
Once the new foreign students get admissions at various colleges, an orientation programme will be conducted by the city police where foreign students would be sensitised on how to behave in public and would also make aware of the law of the land.