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Building Relationships in India

March 2011

President Joan Lescinski, CSJ, Professor Arun Pillutla, and Dean of the College of Business Dave O'Connell are in India exploring possibilities for student and faculty exchanges and research opportunities. Below are a few excerpts from their blog.

"Our first meeting was with Chairman Ved Prakash, who heads the University Grants Commission, the funding body of the university system in India.

"Arun had met Professor Prakash on a previous visit on behalf of St. Ambrose, which paved the way for us to have a meaningful exchange about our desire to develop long-term mutual collaborations with Indian institutions.

"Professor Prakash was most positive about our approach, offered us encouragement and complimented us on the relationship building that we had already begun over the past two years. Going forward, he suggested that next steps might be the exchange of people and materials, collaborations on 'best practices' and internationalizing the curriculum for both Indian and American institutions." 

And later in India, an adventure ...

"We set off to find our waiting taxi only to find it, to our horror and that of the taxi driver, being towed away.  Evidently, the driver had left the car in a tow zone; our last sight of him was his following the tow truck and his pleading his case, all to no avail.  While we felt very badly for the driver, we then faced the next dilemma:  how we get back to our hotel, since, in this part of Old Delhi, hailing a cab was not possible.  Arun sought to phone for a cab only to learn that none would be available for at least two hours." 

"It was at that moment that all three of us simultaneously looked at the many tiny autorickshaws and said:  'Oh, let's give it a try.' We squashed ourselves into the small backseat and set off on the ride of our lives." Read more from their blog.

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