Harinder Takhar, Ontario’s Minister of Government Services and MPP Dipika Damerla welcomed 100 students from Chettinad Vidyashram in Chennai, India, to the provincial parliament in Queen’s Park, Toronto.
The students, who were accompanied by six teachers and their principal, visited Canada on an educational tour sponsored by WTC tours and coordinated with York University, the Sringeri Vidya Bharati Foundation (SVBF) and the Canada-India Foundation. This is the first visit to Canada by the group, which has previously arranged trips to the United States.
The students visited York University where they toured the campus and learned about the various innovative programs York has to offer from Space and Robotics Innovation to Health Management. They were then given a briefing on the York University enrolment process and were awarded certificates for visiting.
“It is very important that we showcase Canada to these remarkable students,” said Takhar, “These students can learn about the opportunities here in Canada and choose to become our international students for tomorrow. The talent and skill they can bring here, along with the education they will receive at our universities, can make them the job creators of tomorrow.”
Their educational visit also included a visit to Niagara Falls, a trip to Toronto’s famous Chinatown, as well as a ride up the CN Tower.
“This initiative by the student group represents the new India which has the most favourable youth demographic in the world. We look forward to supporting many such planned initiatives so we can showcase Ontario and Canada to them,” said Kalyan Sundaram, Executive Director, Canada-India Foundation.
For their final day in Canada, the students requested a tour of Queen’s Park and the chance to attend Question Period. Takhar and MPP Damerla welcomed the students and spoke to them about the opportunities here in Canada and congratulated them on their hard work in school. After the students were introduced in the legislature, they proceeded with a tour of Queen’s Park.
“We have invested so much in our education system,” Damerla said. “ Ontario now has one of the best education systems in the world and our exemplary universities and colleges are attracting great minds from all over the world, helping create the jobs of tomorrow.”Posted: Sep 4, 2012