JNU: Students mix well in hostels
"It’s a pleasing sight to watch foreign students dress up like Indian students in kurta, pyjama and saree on campuses,” says Prof. Manjushree Chauhan.
Prof. Manjushree Chauhan
Foreign Students Advisor, Jawaharlal University
No separate housing facility
We don’t have any exclusive hostel for them. It is because we want them to live with other Indian students and intermingle culturally.So girls and boys hostels are shared by both domestic and international students.
Bringing students together
JNU’s International Student Association creates a space for students to communicate ideas and discuss a range of problems. It maintains a yearly calendar of events. Various festivals are organised to showcase different global cultures. The International Food Festival is a nice socialising spot for students to explore different country dishes. They have a room to interact on various topics ranging from international issues to their own campus problems.
Common issues faced by them
Along with language obstacles, they often face dining problems. To resolve, every hostel mess has fixed schedule. The mess secretary takes in charge of the matter and makes the menu all-embracing – from south Indian, north Indian, Chinese to Continental. Invariably, every student faces problem related food. I feel once they settle down, slowly and steadily they get accustomed to the food here. Students coming from developed, developing countries face mixed difficulties and it differs from individual to individual like accomodation, food, changing weather, water, sanitation.
Foreign students adopting our culture
It’s a pleasing sight to watch foreign students dress up like Indian students in kurta, pyjama and saree. I know an American student who speaks beautiful Hindi. All these are the examples of influences of domestic students over international students.