On Saturday morning we departed Amritsar, with the eventual destination to be Chandigarh. The distance to cover was less than 300 kilometers, but we had a full day of stops along the way.
Our first stop was at Khalsa College of Education Sant Baba Hari Singh Memorial, an affiliation of Punjab University of Chandigarh. This University's core curriculum was technologically focused, but also offered degrees in the arts and science. When we arrived, we were once again greeted with flowers and refreshments. Since it was a Saturday, the school was not in session, yet over 100 students and faculty were present on their day off to welcome us and interact with our group. We learned about the school from the Associate Professor of English, Dr. Kalwarn Singh, and conversely shared with them the background of the California Ag Leadership Program. Both the students and CALP members were inspired by Dr. Thomas and Mr. Didar Bains, a graduate of Khalsa college. Their speeches emphasized that learning is a life long process, and anything is possible if we value education and hard work as priorities. After interacting informally with the students, we learned that many of the kids were obtaining their Masters and Doctorate degrees to become teachers in India. They stated their motivation to become teachers was to increase the availability of education to all kids in India, regardless of caste or financial means.