The number of Italian students in India will also increase due to the growing cultural exchange between the country’s leading institutions like the Rabindranath Tagore University (RBU) in the city and those in India, he said during a visit to the city.
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De Luca told PTI, “There are 5,000 Indian students in Italy now. There will be more in the future … The student exchange program between our Indian and Italian universities will increase.” Also, the Italian government was to launch important projects on the study of Italian indologists.
While visiting Jorasanko, the birthplace of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, the diplomat said, “We are working in this field. We have one of the best traditions of this type of study.”
He said students can learn Italian and prepare themselves for the cultural exchange program, which is being taught as part of the city consulate’s initiative.
RBU Vice-Chancellor Sabyasachi Basu Roy Chowdhury, who was present during the talks, said the institution had translated a publication by renowned thinker, politician and critic Antonio Gramsci from Italy as part of an agreement signed with Napoli University.
De Luca said Rabindranath Tagore’s views are more important and relevant at the present time when countries need to face global challenges and increase cooperation.
“We need more of Tagore now. We need to tackle global challenges, we need to work together to enhance cooperation and dialogue … we need to tackle epidemics to address challenges such as climate change, peace and security,” he said.
He said Tagore completed 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 Thakur had traveled to Italy twice and was very popular in his country. “There is a growing number of students in Italy who are interested in translating his (Gurudev’s) work into Italian.”
In Calcutta, Italian Consul General Gianluca Rubagoti went to Jorasanko with de Luca, which is the ancestral site of Tagore and has a museum named after him and is run by RBU.
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