Partap College of Education, Ludhiana organised an international webinar in collaboration with Kazan Federal University, Kazan, Russia under worthy guidance and expert supervision of Prof. Balwant Singh, Director and Dr. Manpreet Kaur, Principal of the College. The theme for the webinar was “Cultural Corner. India and Russia: A Tale of Two Civilizations” and focus of the webinar was to develop cognizance and appreciation towards cultures and educational systems prevailing in both the countries.
The program commenced with inaugural dialogue presented by Iskander Yarmakeev, Deputy Director, Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication, K.F.U., Kazan, Russia. He emphasised on importance of organising such events which not only inculcate cultural values among participants but also develop understanding of both countries’ culture. He also mentioned that these cultural exchange programs depict the ethos and the real essence of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Partap College and KFU. Prof. Alsu Ashrapova, Head of Department of Language and Intercultural communication of Institute of Philology and Intercultural Communication of Kazan Federal University extended greetings and welcomed all the attendees. Prof. Tatiana S. Pimenova and Prof. Albina R. Abdrafikova from KFU. and Ms. Balwinder Kaur, Asst. Prof., Partap College acted as moderators. While representing India, college students presented Cultural heritage of different Indian states. Two college students also presented folk song, folk dance and symphony of folk instruments of Punjab. Russian students also displayed beautiful cultural forms of their country. The proceedings of the event helped the participants in discovering the similarities that exist between two civilizations andprovided interactivity.
During the concluding session, students from both countries interacted with each other and asked riveting questions regarding cultures. Prof. Balwant Singh in his speech highlighted the pertinent features of both countries’ cultures. While presenting presidential remarks, he congratulated the organisers for picking up the most important theme for the deliberations and presenters from both the countries for dispensing fascinating cultural reflections. The webinar ended with vote of thanks presented by Prof. Tatiana S. Pimenova.