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Students get taste of ‘Experience America’

Dec. 14: City students had an opportunity to “Experience America” today at Nehru Park in Panbazar where the US consulate, Calcutta, organised an all-American festival.

Students could been seen gulping down ice creams, shooting baskets and even posing for pictures in front of Barack Obama’s cutout. And although some of them came with stars and stripes painted on their cheeks, all of them grooved to the tunes of Rangdap and Emperical Tribe — two music bands from Shillong.

They also got to know how to enrol into American institutes and have a career in the US. The US consulate office had put up stalls and counsellors answered queries of students from colleges and other local institutes.

“I am looking to pursue a management course in the US and came here to get some information. I am delighted that I got some valuable information about how to prepare myself and go for the course in the US,” said Arghadeep Sen, a college student.

Counsellors distributed leaflets and offered information about courses and facilities available for Indian students while many answered queries regarding visa procedures.

Students were encouraged to enrol online and borrow books, films and get support for research at the American library stalls.

Many walked to the social media booth and connected with the US consulate office via Facebook and Twitter.

US consul general Dean R. Thompson visited the event and interacted with students. “We want students from this part of the world to visit the US and pursue higher education and career. I am delighted to see so many students here this evening and we will organise many more programmes here in the future too,” Thompson said.

According to an official statement issued by the American Center of US consulate general office, the “Experience America” event was part of the US department of state’s efforts to promote mutual understanding between the people of the US and India through a wide range of educational and cultural exchange programmes.

“Through information sharing with the public of eastern India, the American Center, public affairs office of the US department of state, promotes greater understanding and appreciation of American culture to a cross-section of Indian society. The American Center utilises a variety of tools in its outreach efforts and Experience America, Guwahati is one such endeavour,” the statement said.