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“In the business world, creativity and innovation have new meaning here in India. At Google, we saw how the trivial concept of using the Internet and phone was being taught in rural villages. In contrast, Satyam employees walked us through seven different projects where engineers refine ideas into cutting-edge technology. We rode the Delhi Metro, astounded that this massive transportation project was running one year ahead of schedule. At IBM and Oracle, we learned how information is becoming a valuable commodity of trade amongst the world. We had a “real-world” discussion with a panel of engineers at Google in Hyderabad. I was inspired by one engineer who said, “Working in India is exciting because what is happening here is not occurring elsewhere.” – Puja Patel
“Through all the company visits, I have learned that the people who live and work in India are 100% dedicated to their work and to succeeding. I had the privilege to meet and speak to students and engineers and couldn’t help but notice their incredible work ethic and their devotion to their work, family and to their own well-being.” – Kristin Elmasu
SUMMARY OF PROGRAM
Global Technology Initiative (GTI) program sponsored the 2009 study tour for twenty-two student scholars and two faculty members to explore and learn about India for two weeks, Jan. 2-16, 2009. The students were selected based on their academic achievement, entrepreneurship and community leadership. Before departure, students took a 3-unit course called Technology and Civilization which explored the political, social, economic, and cultural history of the South Asian subcontinent, with emphasis on modern India.
Cities visited included Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, and Agra. The scholars toured several sites, including high-tech industries, universities and cultural sites. Dr. Raghu Agarwal, professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering and GTI Program Director, led the delegation. In addition, Dr. Ping Hsu, professor of Electrical Engineering, joined the study tour.