India: Techonology, Economy, and Society Winter Study Abroad Program
*Application deadline: September 30th*
This faculty-led program to India is part of a 4-credit course which is suitable for undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in learning about the culture, society, and commerce in India. It provides students a unique opportunity to study and understand the social, technological, economic, and political environment of India both in an academic setting and in the field. Students will be exposed to many different aspects of India, using an eclectic mix of lectures, written material, movies, meetings and interviews, and books. The course will help students learn historical and contemporary trends in India, develop an international perspective, understand the opportunities afforded by emerging economies like India, and become familiar with a geopolitically very important, culturally-diverse country. A major aspect of the course is that students will get to interact with Indian students, scholars, and leaders in diverse fields. The integrated course-work and travel component will give students a theoretical and experiential understanding of an Eastern country that is different from the United States in many ways, yet also similar in other ways. In light of the above, this program is relevant for students of various majors in Harpur, SOM, Watson and more.
The India-tour component will last for 12-14 days and consist of lectures, business and cultural site visits, meetings with local executives, and formal and informal time with local students. Students will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Indian culture to better understand the social, political, business, and economic environment.
India or Bharat is situated in South-East Asia and is the world's largest democracy. Known for hundreds of years as the 'Land of Gold' for its immense wealth and prosperity, India is home to the one of the world's oldest civilizations and religions. India has a tremendously diverse population, which translates into a wide variety of religions, languages and dialects, foods and drinks, clothes, and music and dance forms. In 1947 India achieved independence from more than two centuries of British imperialism and is now ranked as one of the fastest growing economies with some projecting it to rank among the world's top three economies by 2020. The Indian people have a worldwide reputation for friendliness and hospitality, giving students the opportunity to learn about business and cultural issues in emerging markets in a safe and comfortable setting.
The recorded history of India goes back to about 3300 BCE, with unofficial versions dating its history to even more ancient times. In its long history, India has absorbed religious and cultural influences from almost all major civilizations of the world. Consequently, India now has many important cultural sites, including Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Red Fort, and many other palaces, and sacred rivers.
New Delhi, the capital and political heart of India, is the seat of the Government of India. It is situated within the state of Delhi, which has a population of about 10 million making it the second largest metropolitan area in India. It is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural city, with restaurants and eateries that serve a variety of regional cuisines from different parts of India and around the world. It features a public transport system that ranks as one of the most extensive among the world's major cities. It is home to many globally and regionally acclaimed academic institutions, such as Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi University, and Indraprastha University.The Red Fort, Qutub Minar, and many other tourist sites are located in Delhi.
Delhi is bordered by the states of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh, among others. Punjab—the land of five riv-ers—is a vibrant state and the birth place of the religion of Sikhism, which is perhaps the youngest major world religion. It is considered the 'bread-basket' of India because of its extremely fertile land and a primarily agrarian economy. Punjabis, as the people of Punjab are generally referred to, are known globally for their songs and dance forms, and are generally quite fond of dining and celebrating.
Uttar Pradesh is the most populous state of India, and home to the Taj Mahal, a popular tourist attraction considered among the seven wonders of the world. The Taj Mahal is located in the city of Agra, which was the capital city of Mughal India from 1526-1658. The Taj Mahal is a mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal in about 1653.
The coursework component of the program will begin late in the Fall semester and go through to tour portion in January. A group flight will be arranged for participating students to travel together. There will be a follow-up meeting after the return from India to present class projects in early Spring.