Community College of Allegheny County Educational Foundation (CCAC) via Crowdrise
October 02, 2015
The Honors Program at Community College of Allegheny County is thrilled to offer our honors students a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to India from January 5-15, 2016. This trip is the key component of an exciting course described in detail below. Your contributions will help our ten students pay their share of the cost. All contributions will go solely to helping these exceptional students afford an experience that they will value for the rest of their lives.
Although we have managed to keep their costs low for a ten-day trip to India (approximately $2000), they are, after all, college students! As many of us recall from our own college days, money is always an issue. Your donation, whatever the amount, will be warmly appreciated. Even more, it will enable a very bright young person to learn more deeply about the world.
Professor Srujana Kanjula is offering the following course: Honors Comparative Cultures and Politics of India and United States, 3 credits (start date Jan. 4) POL 228H NC31H Professor Srujana Kanjula, class meets for field trip to India, January 4-16, 2016, plus additional meeting date at North Campus to be determined.
The main goals of the trip are:
1. Academic Exposure
2. Cultural Exploration
3. Community Service
Students will be spending about two days at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), a premier university, situated in New Delhi. As Srujana Kanjula did her M.Phil. and Ph.D. from JNU, she has contacts with the professors there. Prof. Sangeeta Thapliyal, Inner Asian Studies, School of International Studies, JNU is assisting Srujana in working out a plan for academic exposure to our students. One idea is to attach students to their respective disciplines to attend lectures, interact with students and faculty there and explore their academic programs, labs etc. Another idea is to organize a panel discussion or a one day workshop on themes relevant to our course. Students will also visit the library, administrative buildings, hostels and other facilities to get an exposure. Finally they will interact closely with the foreign students association there which will organize some events for our students.
Students will also have the opportunity to interact with the Indian government officials at the office of Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs. Vani Rao, Joint Secretary, Financial Services, Media, and Grievances will be coordinating this event. Students will learn about Indian Government and Politics directly from the experienced Indian bureaucrats who assist Indian political leaders and officials.
Indian culture is historically deep rooted and very diverse. Students will undertake a local tour of New Delhi and visit places like Qutab Minar, India Gate, Raj Ghat, Parliament, Rashtrpathi Bhavan, Lotus Temple, Birla Mandir, Akshardham Temple, Indira Gandhi Museum, Nehru Museum, Red Fort, Ferozshah Kotla and Supreme Court. Students will also visit emporiums of different states, Delhi Haat(shopping area with authentic and ethnic handmade or traditional crafts and fabric) and other major shopping areas. A trip will be taken to Agra to see Taj Mahal. Students will also visit another place called Jaipur which is in the state of Rajasthan. All these places are close to New Delhi.
Students will explore and learn about different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) by visiting at least one NGO. The NGO identified is Ullhas Foundation and Dr.Preety Priyadarshi will be giving a lecture to our students on the role of NGOs in general and their organization in particular. The community service initiatives will be made part of the course and will align with the course objectives. Students will also work with disabled children from a school run by Agra cantonment. Contact is made with Sonam Yangdol, Indian Defense Estate Service (IDES), Chief Executive Officer, Agra who will be coordinating this service project.
(Jan 4-16) Jan 4 (Mon) – Leave for Washington DC from Pittsburgh
Jan 5 (Tue) - Leave for New Delhi from Washington DC
Jan 6 (Wed) – Arrive in New Delhi (2:45 pm) & Rest
Jan 7 (Thurs.) & 8(Fri) – New Delhi Tour (City as Text)
Jan 9 (Sat) – Trip to Agra (Sight Seeing and Community Service) – Stay in Agra
Jan 10 (Sun) – Trip to Jaipur (Sight Seeing) – Stay in Jaipur
Jan 11 (Mon) – Government Officials Meeting, Delhi
Jan 12(Tue) & 13 (Wed) – Academic Exposure in JNU, Delhi
Jan 14 (Thurs) – NGO (Community Service), Delhi
Jan 15 (Fri) – Emporiums & Leave Jan 16 (Sat) – Leave for Pittsburgh from Washington DC