Asianet News Group launches 8th edition of Proud to Be an Indian

The show provides a rare opportunity for the children of the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) in GCC to know their own country closely

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 4:05 PM
Asianet

Asianet News Group announced the launch of the 8th edition of Proud to Be an Indian. The show provides a rare opportunity for the children of the Non-Resident Indians (NRI) in GCC to know their own country closely.

Talking about the initiative, Frank P. Thomas, Director Asianet News, said: “The programme was started in 2013 to make the Indian students in the Middle East more aware about the Indian traditions, culture, history and diversity. The selected students of the PTBI programme come to India on a 7-day journey, they witness the Republic Day parade and also the Beating the Retreat Ceremony.

“We also try to arrange for meetings with luminaries like the President, Vice-President and the Defence Minister. Also in the agenda is a visit to some landmark places and institutions. What started with 15 students today in its eighth year has 30 students and 10 teachers. We have also tied up with Air India as our travel partner. We feel this programme helps the selected students to become better human beings, and also make a mark in their life.”

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The whole programme has been shot and telecast as a 5-part series. The selected children once back to their schools are given a warm welcome.

Families and schools eagerly look forward every year to PTBI contest. Students enrolling for PTBI Entrance tests have grown from a few hundred in the beginning to many thousands now. If it had the participation of only Malayali students then, today PTBI attracts enthusiastic children from the entire Indian diaspora.  Many schools in UAE begin special preparations to join PTBI from the beginning of the academic year.

Abhinav Khare, Group CEO – Asianet News Network Pvt Ltd said: “The 'Proud to be an Indian' initiative has over the years become a recognized platform for instilling India's rich values among the global Indian youth. It inculcates patriotism among young Indian origin living abroad and gives a comprehensive gist of our rich heritage to the enthusiastic future generation. The response we have received since its inception has been overwhelming, especially from those living in the Middle East. We hope to continue nurturing our children, regardless of which corner of the world they reside in, to ensure India remains a force to reckon with in the global landscape.”

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