A study tour was organized by the Departments of Konkani and Hindi to Pune and Mumbai from 13th to 16th August, 2016. Ten students of B.A. Semester V were accompanied by Dr. Lata Shirodkar, Ms. Queenie Viegas and Dr. Prakash N. Naik. The main aim of this study tour was:
- To make students aware of the various courses offered at University level outside Goa.
- To shed their inhibitions and develop their social and aesthetic skills.
- To motivate students to pursue their careers after Bachelor Degree in Journalism and Theatre.
In Pune, students visited Bal Gandharva Rangmandir which is a famous Marathi Theatrical Drama Auditorium with Art Galleries. Students viewed the various paintings on display at the Art Gallery. They also visited the famous Mahatma Phule Museum followed by the Department of Foreign Languages of Savitribai Phule University of Pune. This Department of Foreign Languages offers Diploma Courses in foreign languages such as Russian, Japanese, French, German etc, with job opportunities at the international level. On the way students also got the opportunity to see Lokmanya Bal Gangadar Tilak Wada. The Wada has a courtyard building, which still contains the office of his newspaper ‘Kesari’ as well as momentos of Tilak, including his writing desk, original letters and documents. Students took the opportunity to see the printing press of the Kesari of now and then. Further they visited Shaniwar Wada, the 18th century fort of the Peshwa rulers. On their return they visited FDI, Shri Dagaduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple and Mount Carmel Convent ‘Ishwardham’ of Pune.
In Mumbai, students visited the world renowned museum of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrhalaya. Students were then taken to the Mumbai University Campus and they had a view of the Rajabai Clock Tower over there. They also visited the Rajaji Clock Tower and the Flora Fountain. On the eve of Independence Day, students were especially taken to the Gate Way of India and Chhatrapati Railway Terminus. On their return, they visited the Shri Mahalaxmi Temple and the Haji Ali Dargha . Further, a study was also made of the Don Bosco Seminary and Church as part of the syllabus. Students also trekked their way to crawford Market, Bombay Fashion Street, Hind Matha Street and the Dada Saheb Phalke Road Market.
On the whole it was an enriching experience for the students.