Calcutta Business School , one of the best PGDM offering colleges of Kolkata, organised a study tour to Malaysia which is a distinctive feature of the college which always encourages experiential learning. PGDM students visited many places of interest there apart from attending classes in University of Malaysia. One such place was Putrajaya. Putrajaya is Malaysia's third and latest Federal Territory. Built on an expansive marshland and former oil palm estate in Selangor, the city spans an area of almost 5,000 hectares and lies 25 km from Kuala Lumpur. Putrajaya takes over the administrative functions of the capital city Kuala Lumpur and is part of the Multimedia Super Corridor project of the Malaysian government. Much organisation and planning have gone into the development of Putrajaya as a modern city with the latest communication technologies and progressive infrastructure. The streets are elegantly designed with a European feel, along with well-paved roads while the government buildings are a blend of modern architecture with Islamic arts. Commercial, authoritative and residential areas have been divided into precincts that blend into each other cohesively. A waterway cuts through the city, flowing into a large lake. The concrete landscape is balanced with lots of parks, greenery and wetland.
We gathered at the lounge of Ibu Zain Kolej, UKM at around 9:00am. We started from the college at 9:30am Under the guidance of our facilitators and our Director Prof. (Dr.) Shekhar Choudhuri along with our faculty Prof. Sanjana Mandal and Prof. Sanjib Biswas.
We reached the Putra Mosque in Putrajaya at around 10:15am. The Mosque is located at the edge of a scenic man-made lake right next to Datarn Putra, and at that time the place was filled with local as well as foreign visitors. The Putra Mosque is a beautiful piece of architecture and the mosque’s dome is made of rose- tinted granite and stands at 50 meter height and the minaret stands at 116 meter height. We were taken inside the mosque guided by the representative of UKM. There is no specific dress code for entering the mosque and people of all religion are welcome to visit the mosque but no sleeveless shirts/blouses and skirts or dresses are allowed to be worn by women. Hence all the female students of our batch were requested to borrow the robe at the entrance of the mosque. The vast compound inside the mosque provides a good spot for some light family activity or outing with friends, we had brought our cameras and with that we took several pictures of the scenery inside as well as around the mosque, we went to the open space shopping complex located just outside the mosque and many of our batchmates purchased various articles like fancy hats, handbag, etc. We enjoyed a lot, took several group photographs and departed after an hour to go to the next destination, The Convention Centre
We reached the convention centre at around 11:45 am. The building has a very modern look and from that spot we got an amazing view of the whole Kuala Lumpur city. We were allotted 15 minutes at that spot to have a look and capture the beautiful view. We all had an amazing experience and clicked a lot of pictures. Next we headed towards our next destination, Putrajaya Bridge.
The bus stopped at Putrajaya Bridge for 10 minutes as it was a busy time of the day. The bridge has an interesting architecture and amazing view of the lake. On one side we could see the Convention center and on the other side the Prime Minister’s office and the mosque. It was very beautiful. And whole of putrajaya could be seen from that bridge.It was worth visiting the bridge and we took several photographs on the bridge. Finally we headed back to our hostel. We reached hostel at around 1:30pm. We all were tired and very hungry, freshened up quickly, had our lunch, took rest for around an hour and then at 2:45pm we were instructed to gather at the lounge Ibu Zain, UKM and we were addressed by the faculties of the UKM, as well as by our Director and our professors. We were given certificates and after receiving certificates we took several photographs with them. At 4p.m. we were instructed to board the bus in order to reach the Kuala Lumpur International Airport to board our return flight to India.