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Rediscovering Indias Cultural Heritage Discoveries and Reflections From Dip 23
30 /Apr 2023
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Rediscovering India's Cultural Heritage: Discoveries and Reflections from DIP '23

FLAME University's Discover India Program (DIP) is designed to break down the barriers set up by urban living and introduce students to India's rich cultural and historical tapestry. With experiential learning at its core, this program focuses on discovering the country’s hidden gems and getting familiarized with the roots that bind the country together.

FLAME University's 15th edition of the Discover India Program (DIP) was a remarkable journey for 480 students who travelled across 15 states and 2 union territories, resulting in 38 amazing projects that reflected their learning and experiences.

This year, our students explored the cities of Jodhpur, Jalesar, Kutch, Hampi, Mumbai, Bylakupe, Kodagu, Daman, and Jaipur, amongst many others.

Here’s a glimpse of a few projects led by students during this year’s Discover India Program.

  1. "Purani Galiyan Naya Nazariya: Rediscovering the Culture of Jodhpur"

The magnificent architecture of the Umaid Bhawan Palace

As part of the Discovery India Program, the students visited the land of the Rajput and the Rathod clans, the historical land of Marwar. 

Jodhpur, also known as the Blue City, is a land of great warriors, blessed with art and culture.

Blue houses at the foothills of Mehrangarh Fort.

Led by Prof. Rajitha Venugopal, Faculty of Academic Writing, the students embarked on a project that aimed to visit Jodhpur's cultural tourist locations and discover more about its adaptation to modernity. During their journey, the students explored the town of Brahmapuri and witnessed the beauty of blue houses at the foothills of Mehrangarh Fort.

 Ghanta Ghar marketplace.

Students were mesmerized by the captivating architecture of the Umaid Bhawan Palace and experienced the activities at the Ghanta Ghar marketplace. The students had the opportunity to witness the candid interaction between the tourists and the locals.

The trip to the unique Mandor Gardens brought forth the local beliefs and customs, allowing students to experience the intricacies of the preserved architecture of the past kings' samadhis. The students also interacted with the local community to understand their hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Group Representative: Maahi Patel.

Field Mentor: Prof. Rajitha Venugopal, Faculty of Academic Writing.

  1. "The Revival of Ghungroo Industry in Jalesar, Uttar Pradesh"

Manufacturing room

On a mission to study the Ghungroo Industry in Jalesar, the student team led by Prof. Indu Kadian, embarked on a journey to Jalesar.

Also known as "Brass Town," Jalesar is located in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. The project aimed to gain a better understanding of the production, sale, and revenue generation of ghungroos.

Walking through the lanes of Lohar Gali to visit shop owners

The students visited various shops in Jalesar and observed the manufacturing process, capturing its essence. Additionally, they interviewed different shop owners in the bustling streets of Lohar Gali, enhancing their knowledge and insights about the Ghungroo industry.

Group Representative: Prisha Anand.

Field Mentor: Prof. Indu Kadian.

  1. "The Reincarnation of Kutch, Gujarat: A Lesson for the Nation" 

The students walk through Banni Village with the locals.

The students, mentored by Prof. Pankaj Jain, Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies, visited Kutch to explore its growth and beauty, including the Rann of Kutch, Dhordo, and Kalo Dungra. Despite being struck by an earthquake in 2001, Kutch has undergone significant growth, attracting MNCs and investments that have created job opportunities for locals. The students visited the Indus Valley Civilization Heritage Site and interacted with villagers in Banni to learn about their livelihoods. They also enjoyed a scenic drive on the "Road to Heaven," which left a lasting impression on them.

Group Representative: Tamana Rajdev

Field Mentor: Prof.Pankaj Jain, Faculty of Philosophy and Religious Studies

  1. "From Trough to Crest The Waves of Daman's Tourism Development"

A setting sun across the horizon at the famous Jhampore Rock Beach in Daman.

The students mentored by Prof. Jayant Pande, Faculty of Physics, visited Daman and Diu, former Portuguese colonies with a unique blend of European and Indian cultures. They explored these territories' historical monuments and architectural marvels, learning about cultural diversity and religious harmony. The project also exposed them to the islands' natural beauty and ecological challenges, where they participated in various activities to raise awareness and contribute to conservation efforts. They enjoyed the scenic views and pristine beaches of the islands but witnessed environmental degradation caused by industrialization and urbanization, threatening the sustainability and heritage of these regions.

The projects were a valuable experience for students as they helped them understand India's rich history, providing an unforgettable learning experience.

The Discover India Program led the students on a remarkable journey across 15 states and 2 union territories, immersing themselves in India's diverse landscapes, traditions, and communities. From the vibrant city of Jodhpur to the serene beauty of Hampi, each destination provided unique insights and learning opportunities. The program encourages students to go beyond the classroom and explore the vast tapestry of India. It equips them with invaluable knowledge, skills, and memories that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Group Representative: Saivee Phatak

Field Mentor: Prof. Jayant Pande, Faculty of Physics

 Click here to learn more about the Discover India Program.

(Author: Branding & Communication)