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Insight India: Engineering Applications

Insight India: Engineering Applications
During this 2-week program, students will travel to India to gain a unique perspective on engineering challenges in developing countries.
Location: 
Goa, India
Language of Instruction: 
English
Term: 
Winter Break
Academic Disciplines: 
Engineering
Program Type: 
Faculty-led
Highlights: 
  • Spend 2 weeks during winter break in Goa and Delhi, India.
  • Visit industry sites important to the region and explore engineering approaches to important topics in developing countries.
  • Learn from faculty and students at the Goa Institute of Management.
  • Experience local and national cultural treasures such as heritage sites in Goa, Lotus Temple, Red Fort, and the Taj Mahal.
Program Summary: 

The Insight India: Engineering Applications program is an interdisciplinary two week study abroad program with the aim of exposing engineering students to business applications for engineering challenges in developing countries. Typically absent from engineering curricula, students will experience real-life examples of the interplay between business and engineering practices and solutions.  This program offers a unique dimension to any engineering student's academic experience.

The program will include classroom lectures with faculty from the Goa Institute of Management and the University of Kansas, discussions with executives of Indian firms, and site visits to local companies showcasing various industries in Goa and Delhi.  In the past, visits have included Reliance Retail, Wal-Mart India, the Railways Ministry, the Automobile Corporation of Goa, Guala Closures, Cipla/Lupin Parmaceuticals, Mormugao Port Trust, and cashew and spice farms.

The first portion of the program will take place on the coat of India in Goa with cultural activities including visits to heritage sites around Goa, the Tambdi Surla Temple, a traditional dhow boat cruise, and optional daily yoga with a private instructor.  Participants will then travel together to Delhi for the second portion of the program.  Cultural activities while in Delhi will include a day trip to the Taj Mahal.  Additional cultural activities may also include visits to the Indian Gate, Lotus Temple, Humayun’s Tomb, the Hauz Khas village, a sound and light show at the Red Fort, and a cultural show at Kingdom of Dreams.

 

Location: 

Goa, India

Famous for its beaches and world heritage architecture, Goa is located along the Arabian Sea on the West coast of India.  With a population of approximately 1.5 million, Goa is one of the smallest states in India, but also one of the most affluent thanks to its thriving tourism, agricultural, and health industries.  Goa has the highest per capita income in the country and boasts a strong education system that has resulted in a literacy rate of 82 percent.  Goa is home to several professional colleges, including institutes of management, medicine, engineering, dentistry, architecture, pharmacy, and polytechnics.  Once a Portuguese colony, Goa still exhibits a unique blend of Portuguese and Indian cultures.  The people of Goa are known for their friendly and easygoing nature and Goa is considered one of the safest places in India for women.  Goa is also known as a health hub where people from all over the world flock for inexpensive health treatments.  The climate is warm and humid throughout the year, with winter season temperatures ranging from 70-82 °F. 

Delhi, India

Students will also spend several days in India's bustling capital city of Delhi.  It is the political center of India and also its second largest city.  Delhi is home to major multinational corporations and participants will have the opportunity to visit several firms within the Delhi area.

Why India? 

India is among the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa), which represent the world’s fastest growing economies. These countries have a significant impact on other economies across the globe, and are continually increasing their role in global markets. As a result of this growth, it can be expected that this generation’s graduates will undoubtedly work with individuals and companies from India in their careers.  This study abroad program offers students the opportunity to gain understanding of an important country.

  • High Opportunity: India is one of the fastest growing Engineering markets in the world.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: KU students share classrooms with students from India and can benefit from being more familiar with India and Indian cultures.
  • Global Sensitivity: Sensitizing KU students to the nature of engineering challenges in India can shape their way of thinking. As future employees of multinational companies or as international researchers, this experience is invaluable.
  • Diverse Opportunity: As a developing nation, India is poised to invest in numerous engineering initiatives in the areas of clean water, energy, energy, waste management, transportation, healthcare, infrastructure, global business and supply chain management. These initiatives provide a fertile learning environment to understanding the business, engineering, and implementation issues relating to engineering projects.
  • High Market Potential, Important Supplier Base: In the coming years, India is likely to exhibit high market demand for a variety of products and services. In addition, it is also likely to be a key supplier for many knowledge-intensive industries such as software and bio-technology. Thus, understanding India is a critical component of any global curriculum.
  • Strategic Importance: As a democratically-oriented nation, it is likely that India will emerge as a key US ally in promoting stability in Asia. It is also a very young country demographically. As such, India has high strategic importance for long-term US interests.
Academic Information: 

Students will earn 3 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit in ENGR 600: Engineering Applications in India.

Course instruction is provided by KU's faculty director, Professor Anil Misra, and faculty members from the Goa Institute of Management.  The course will include a combination of lectures, industry visits, discussions with firm executives, and cultural activities.  Students are required to participate fully in pre-departure meetings and all scheduled activities in India.

Goa Institute of Management

The Goa Institute of Management (GIM) is a top management school in India.  A new 50 acre eco-friendly campus set in the foothills of the Sahyadris Mountains boasts state of the art facilities, a faculty comprised of industry professionals and academics, innovative centers of excellence and prestigious international linkages.  GIM offers a broad array of programs and a curriculum focused not only on core management concepts, but also on building character and an ethical approach to conducting business.  GIM students are regularly involved in extracurricular activities and community initiatives.  Students will have the opportunity to live and experience student life on the GIM campus.

Housing: 

Students will be housed in student residence halls on the campus of the Goa Institute of Management (GIM) during the program's time in Goa.  While in Delhi, students will stay in double or triple occupancy hotel rooms.  Most meals will be provided and are included in the cost of the program.

Eligibility: 

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students admitted to the KU School of Engineering and in good standing.  Minimum 2.5 GPA required (exceptions considered after submission of a petition).  Non-KU applicants may also apply.

Further Reading: 

Contact

Anil Misra, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
510 2C Learned Hall
(785) 864-1750
amisra@ku.edu

 

Program Faculty: 

Anil Misra, Professor in the School of Engineering Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering, obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  A faculty member at KU since 2008, his areas of research include geomechanics, biomechanics, and micromechanics.

Sanjay Mishra, Associate Professor in the School of Business, obtained his PhD. in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Washington State University.  Current areas of expertise include consumer choice, website perception, and cross-cultural branding. 

 


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