India is the cradle of human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend and great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable & most constructive materials in the history of a man are treasured up in India only (Mark Twain)


India is the birthplace and the cradle of some of the world’s major cultures and religions. The unprecedented cultural exuberance of the various world heritage sites in India attracts travelers from across the globe. Culture and knowledge are the two main pillars that India stand on. For ages, our country has mesmerized the world with its inventions and contributions to numerous areas of study.


India is an ancient country and we Indians are blessed with its beautiful heritage. Heritage means what we inherit from our past and from our ancestors. India is a land of varied culture and tradition.The South, North, East, West and the Northeast have their own cultural diversity and almost every state has carved its own cultural niche.


One such an amazing cultural diversity can be seen  in this third-largest state by area and second most populated state in India i.e. Maharashtra. Diversity comes naturally in this state.  Maharashtra is famous for its purogami culture (forward culture). ‘Maha’ means big and ‘Rashtra’ means nation. Maharashtra is indeed ‘Maha’ in its size, population and culture. Maharashtra is famous for its unique customs, practices and traditions.


There are about 80 per cent of Hindus and a considerable amount of Muslims resides in Maharashtra. Christianity, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism and other religions are a minority. Churches, temples, mosques and other religious centres are found throughout Maharashtra. We the people of Maharashtra take the pride in our cultural diversity and respect every religion.

Some festivals like Nag Panchami, Ganesh Chaturthi, Gokul Ashtami, Makar Sankranti, GudiPadwa, Bhau Beej, Ellora Festival Narali Poornima and Shivaji Jayanti have originated in Maharashtra. In most places, people in Maharashtra celebrate all major festivals irrespective of their religion. Honestly, this  just shows the unity and brotherhood among the people in Maharashtra. It is no secret that we the people of Maharashtra take pride in our  diverse culture, after all, Marathi culture is definitely special.


Maharashtra has attracted many tourists from  different parts of the world. With Gateway of India, Marine drive,  Sea link, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Siddhivinayak and Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi, , Trimbakeshwar Shiva Temple in Nashik, Mahalaxmi Temple in Kolhapur, Mahabaleshwar (hill station), historical monuments in Aurangabad and many more places indeed made Maharashtra a tourist destination.


Among all these attractive places, the emergence of our Institution Bunts Sanghas Anna Leela College of Commerce and Economics (Mumbai) took place years back which encompasses  broader groups of people. This includes students from different region, religion and culture. Socioeconomic and cultural diversity is one of the key elements seen amongst students in our classrooms. Our Institution provides diversified education.  Diversity enriches the educational experience. Diversity challenges stereotyped preconceptions; it encourages critical thinking; and it helps students learn to communicate effectively with people of varied backgrounds. It strengthens communities. Cultural diversity in our Institution means how the students communicate with others, handles time and space, express emotions and approach work and play. Teachers in our institution promote multiculturalism in the classroom and improve positive socialization behaviours among students. We inculcate among the students  the  different ways of learning, behaving, communicating, and interacting with others.We, in our institution see each student as a unique individual and respect their cultural beliefs, cultural background and groom  them to their success with various learning tasks.


We create the awareness and understanding that all the children are given equal opportunities

to education and resources. By updating ourselves with all the technology and keeping calm during this pandemic period,  our teachers proved that developing the  students means  forming tolerant and positive views of diversity in life  and to ensure that diversity among students in our institution is supported and promoted.


Prof. Surekha Shetty,
Assistant Professor,
Department of Management Studies,
ALSJ Degree College

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