Kolkata, Dec 22 (ANI): A group of 19 girls and boys from Bangladesh arrived at Kolkata on a three-day goodwill visit to India as a part of an exchange programme between Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB).
The objective of this visit was to further foster the ties between the two neighbouring countries.
The group of enthusiastic students from across the border will be going around Kolkata and nearby places of tourist and educational interest.
Top BSF brass extended a warm welcome to the students at the BSF Officers Institute and interacted with the young minds.
"The objective of this is to give an opportunity to the children of BGB (Border Guards Bangladesh) to visit India because individually all of them may not get adequate opportunity to visit India particularly Kolkata. So this is an exchange programme between the BSF and the BGB. While their children come to India, in exchange BSF children would also be visiting Bangladesh some time early next year," said Inspector General South Bengal Frontier, Border Security Force, Ravi Kumar Ponoth.
The group comprises of students from different schools of Bangladesh. Indeed, they were thrilled about their visit to India that would end on December 23.
Team leader, Lieutenant Colonel, Md Zakir Hossain of the Border Guards of Bangladesh spoke to media persons about the significance of this educative exchange goodwill programme.
"It is really very helpful to make a good relation between the two neighbouring countries so it is going to strengthen the relationship between India and Bangladesh and also between Border Guards of Bangladesh and Border Security Force of India," said Lt. Col. Md Zakir Hossain.
An excited student shared her experience of visiting Kolkata and she was all praise of the host country.
"The people of India are very friendly, I don't feel like I am out of my country, I feel like it is mostly like Dhaka, the environment specially I like the place I have been given to live, it is so good and nice, so beautiful and I just love it," said Ilma Kantum, a visiting student from Bangladesh.
The students would be visiting different places of historical importance in the city like the Howrah Bridge, Victoria Memorial, Birla Planetarium, Science City, birth place of Rabindra Nath Tagore, Indian Museum, Alipore Zoo and amusement centres like the Nicco Park.
The last exchange programme initiated by the BSF and BGB took place between 2008 and 2009 when BGB was known as Bangladesh Rifles (BDR). (ANI)