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Student exchange between Bhubaneswar and US city Cupertino

The mayor of Cupertino, a US city in California, on Monday opened the doors to academic cooperation with smart city Bhubaneswar through a student exchange programme.

Savita Vaidhyanathan, the first Indian-origin mayor the US city, is in the Odisha capital to promote cultural ties with Bhubaneswar. Cupertino, home to the Apple headquarters, is known for its technology-driven applications across the globe.

Students of middle school, or secondary sections, will benefit from the exchange programme, which is a part of a sister city initiative. Vaidhyanathan, who interacted with civic officials at its headquarters on Monday, mooted the proposal. According to the proposal, students from Bhubaneswar will travel to Cupertino and vice versa, creating and strengthening the bond between the two cities.

Apart from that, civic commissioner Krishan Kumar also proposed three other areas of cooperation between Cupertino and Bhubaneswar. These areas are technology, heritage and cultural exchange.

He said the two sister cities could have better cooperation in the information and technology sector in the coming days. Dancers Sujata Mohapatra and Rahul Acharya, have already made a visit to the city to demonstrate Odissi techniques and performed at a show there. Students from an orphanage had also visited the city in the past.

“The sister city link that began in 2012 will go a long way in strengthening collaboration between the two cities, one of which has a rich knowledge and technology-based economy, while another has a golden treasure of ancient art, culture, heritage and unique architecture,” said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena, defining Bhubaneswar’s transformation as a smart city in the recent past.

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