According to Italian Ambassador Vincenzo de Luca, the number of Indian students in his country is increasing and will increase as a result of cultural interactions.
On Monday, Italian Ambassador Vincenzo de Luca said that the number of Indian students in his country was increasing and that this number would increase due to cultural exchanges.
The number of Italian students in India will also increase due to the growing cultural exchanges between the country’s leading institutions like the Rabindra Bharati University (RBU) in the city, he said during a visit to the city.
“There are now 5,000 Indian students in Italy. There will be more in the future … We will increase the student exchange program between Indian and Italian universities,” de Luca told PTI.
Also, the Italian government is going to launch important projects on the research of Italian indologists.
“We are working on this. We have one of the best traditions of this kind of study,” said Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore during his visit to Jorasanko, the birthplace of the diplomat.
He said students could prepare themselves for the cultural exchange program by learning Italian, which is being taught as part of the city consulate’s initiative.
RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roychowdhury, who was present during the talks, said the organization had translated a publication from Antonio Gramsci, a well-known Italian thinker, politician and critic, into Bengali as part of a memorandum of understanding signed with Napoli University.
De Luca said Rabindranath Tagore’s views were more important and relevant at a time when countries were facing global challenges and needed to increase cooperation.
“We need more Tagore now. We need to address global challenges, we need to work together to enhance cooperation and dialogue … to address challenges such as climate change, peace and security in tackling epidemics,” he said.
He said Tagore conducted his mission to meet different cultures around the world, which was reflected in his worldview and left an impression wherever he went.
In response to a question, the diplomat said that Tagore had visited Italy twice and was very popular in his country. “There are a growing number of students in Italy who are interested in seeing his (Gurudev’s) works translated into Italian.”
In Calcutta, Consul General of Italy Gianluca Rubagotti accompanied de Luca to Jorasanko, which has a museum named after him in addition to Thakur’s ancestral site and is run by RBU.