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IIT-Bombay fest to bridge Indo-Pak divide

Posted on: September 2, 2011

source: Times of India

MUMBAI: Beginning September, a diary will be passed around on campuses of the large colleges in Mumbai. Another exactly similar diary will move around institutes 550 miles away in Karachi and then travel to campuses in Lahore.

Titled Ummeed-e-Milaap, the diaries will record thoughts of students on creating peace between India and Pakistan. The initiative is part of the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay’s annual cultural festival, Techfest. “Years of war and ensuing tension have distanced the two neighbours and amplified the misunderstanding between them. The last couple of years have seen the emergence of prominent organisations and initiatives like Aman Ki Asha to unite the citizens and bring in them a sense of brotherhood and improve relations on a personal level,” said Ronnie Philip, manager (media and marketing), Techfest 2012.

Students from the three cities can submit their thoughts on their insights on the Indo-Pak peace process; 20 best entries from each campus will be selected before the diary moves to the next college.

“We, at Techfest, want to walk in this direction and promote exchange of thoughts between India and Pakistan through the youth, instilling in them a sense of fraternity between the two nations. We believe our motive to harmonize the two nations will be received warmly by Indians and Pakistanis alike,” added Philip.

An online diary will also be up on the Techfest website-www.techfest.org and a Facebook page-Ummeed-e-Milaap-will have campaign posters and stickers.

Both the India and Pakistan diaries will be received by Techfest before the festival kicks off and a ‘Techfest Aman ki Asha Diary’ will be created. This will be a combined version of both diaries with a special section for the best entries from the online diary, acting as the collection of the best thoughts that students came up with.

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