“I read; I travel; I become” ― Derek Walcott
The words by Walcott stand true its meaning, even now, long after they were conceptualised. To broaden up vision and mission of its students, the department conducts annual excursions for its 2nd year students to distant Indian locales which boast of their rich commercial inheritance. These play a vital role in a student’s learning curve, as they are in a position to see diverse work cultures and regimes, and understand that opportunities to work can be synthesized even at remotest of places, and with local ingredients of the region. The stimulation provided by these excursions can be witnessed from the experience of those who had opportunity of doing the tour.
This is what some of them have to say about trips that have been organised in recent most academic years:
In spring of March 2013, a short one day trip to Agra was organised for students of 4th semester, which combined pleasure with knowledge about local crafts as students visited the “Handicraft Marble Industries”, and also exposed the students to the rich historical heritage the place has to offer.
“The trip to Agra was educational as well as a rejuvenating experience for us. Spending one full day with friends especially when the journey was through the newly opened Agra expressway was very exciting for us. Visit to the Tajmahal provided us opportunity to understand its beauty and witness the richness of architectural heritage our country possesses.”
Abhishek Kumar Singh (Class Representative)
“Agra trip with all its bustle and chatter was wonderful and a knowledgeable one. We saw the picturesque Taj Mahal, as well as the intricate marbel industry, both of which are a way different from Delhi locales. Our friendly teachers and fun loving batch mates have made it a trip to remember.”
Swamini Chauhan (Class Representative)
“This summer our batch took a trip to Agra which exposed us to the intricacies of designing marbles as we all got to visit the marble factory. We witnessed the gigantic glory of the Taj Mahaland I was amazed to realise the skilfulness our artisans possessed centuries ago, without availability of any sophisticated means. The fun factor of trip with my friends was one of the most surreal experiences.”
“Taj Mahal, one of the most admired masterpieces of the world's heritage was my destination when I went to visit Agra along with my teachers and batch mates on an educational trip. Watching inlay artisans at work, a camel ride to the monument, tour inside the monument itself, standing there in its grandeur and mesmerizing magnificence, all of these have made it a journey full of memories I shall cherish forever.”
The students of 3rd semester were taken on a 3 day trip to Jaipur during autumn break, which familiarised them with traditional commercial arts of the region at the Anokhee Museum. The visit to beautifully sculpted historical monuments was a pleasurable retreat for them.
“The Jaipur tour was a perfect blend of experiences we had from visiting the majestic places like the Amer Fort and the City Palace giving a proud feeling of ancestral richness, to the commercial richness of our handicrafts we saw in our visit to the Anokhee Museum. Our stopover at Choki Dhani exposed us to the real culture of Rajasthan taking our excitement higher.”
Sameer Goel (Class Representative)
“I went on a sojourn to Jaipur with my classmates and teachers, where I got to see the traditional outlook of Rajasthan at Chokidhani and learn more about the core of India.”
“It was an amazing experience visiting the rich Indian history and extravagant forts and palaces of Jaipur. We learned and explored our cultural heritage at Choki Dhani, and visit to the Anokhee Museum taught us detailing involved in block printing which I had never seen before. I adulated the support of our teachers”
“I saw my traditional India in Chokidhani, I saw my historical India in Amer, I saw my India, different from where I live, Incredible India!”