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Ramapo College - India: Micro-enterprise (Semester)
Andra Pradesh, India; Bangalore, India; Mysore, India; Pondicherry, India (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
Program Sponsor: Ramapo College of New Jersey 
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 04/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Discipline of Study: Anthropology, Business Administration, College Honors, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Science/Studies, Ethnic Relations, Gender Studies, History, International Business, International Studies, Management, Social Science, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Language of Instruction: English
Housing Options: Guest House Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Status: 2nd year (Sophomore), 3rd year (Junior), 4th year (Senior), 5th year and beyond (Super Senior) Program Type: Research, Study
Program Description:
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Micro-enterprise in South India

Business Models from the Bottom of the Pyramid
 
Term Fall Semester
Credits 16
Location Bangalore, India
Eligibility 2.5 GPA, Good judicial standing
 
Faculty / Program Team

Professor Nikhil VarmaNikhil Varma, Assistant Professor of Management, nvarma@ramapo.edu

Ruma_Sen
Ruma Sen, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, rsen@ramapo.edu

Ashwani_Vasishth
Ashwani Vasishth, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, vasishth@ramapo.edu

Padhy
Sanghamitra Padhy, Professor of Law & Society, spadhy@ramapo.edu

Renowned faculty from Indian universities along with famous writers, journalists and activitists will deliver lectures to students throughout the semester.
 
Program Description

Students register for 4 courses which will be run sequentially (each worth 4 credits) for a total of 16 credits. Courses fulfill requirements in Sociology, International Studies, Business Management and Environmental Studies majors, the Anthropology minor, and may apply to some General Education requirements as well. Course credit towards other majors is possible with permission. As a student you will "live your courses;" all of these courses include a wide range of experiential learning opportunities such as frequent trips to temples, markets, urban and rural development projects, and cultural sites. Students will also view and respond to a series of Indian films. 
 
Site Description

The Ramapo College South India Summer Program is based at the Fireflies Intercultural Centre, thirty kilometers from Bangalore, in a beautiful grove of fruit trees and flowers on a hill that slopes down to a lake. Fireflies is concerned with promoting Earth spirituality, the resolution of ethnic violence, and the deepening of democracy and civil society in India. Fireflies hosts international events and seminars on social transformation. Pipal Tree, an organization located at Fireflies, conducts local workshops for the cultural revitilization of religion, myth, folk traditions, dance, arts and crafts, as well as conflict resolution, environmental resources and spirituality. Students will also travel widely in South India as part of their coursework.
 
Course Descriptions

Indian Culture & Society (INTD 302)
This course will introduce students to pre- and postcolonial Indian history; social diversity, including class, caste, and gender, philosophical, spiritual, and religious traditions; contemporary political and economic issues and some basic conversational Kannada, the local language.

Sustainable Development in India (INTD 301)
The idea of "development" has had a major influence on the formation of economic, social and political institutions, spanning from the post-Independence period to modern-day India. Broadly, the story can be told on three interwoven themes: hyper-modernization, appropriate technology and sustainable development. This course will trace the trajectory of these three themes: in the West, in India and in the Developing World, as undergirded by Ghandian calls to self-sufficiency and sustainable development. Beginning with post-independence India, "development" was institutionalized through centralized planning apparatuses, such as large-scale modernization programs to increase agrarian and industrial production. In later phases of Indian development, these ideas moved from the "mixed economy" approach to the recent "liberalization" and integration of the economy into the global economy. The course concludes with an analysis of the rise of the non-governmental sector in India, with their calls for a more appropriate approach to technology and sustainable development.

Micro-Enterprise in South India (MGMT XXX)
This course is designed to provide an understanding of organizational business models and studying organizations that either collaborate with or focus on doing business with the bottom of the pyramid. Organizational levers that impact the business model and the innovation and creativity aspects are specifically studies.  Students will experience and study some current organizations in this course. On completion of this course students will be able to assess business opportunities, design sustainable business model for organizations in the bottom of the pyramid space.

Field Study Project (INTD 409)
In this course, students conduct qualitative field research to investigate a topic related to development or social justice. This course requires students to complete field study research involving interviews, observations and qualitative analysis and to present a paper at conclusion of the semester.  Possible projects include eco-development, water rights, urban pollution, family planning and health issues, human rights issues, caste or gender inequality and empowerment, women and microcredit, social themes in Indian film and literature, and progressive media. 

Learning Outcomes

By participating in this program, students will be able to:
  • Draw comparisons between their own culture and that of India
  • Analyze the trends of social movements in South India
  • Examine the effects of sustainability on development and globalization in India
  • Initiate individual research projects including fieldwork
  • Practice cross-cultural communication
  • Student Assessment
Evaluation will differ from course to course, ranging from a variety of final examinations, reflection papers and self-initiated research projects.
 
Excursions

Students will spend the much of their program on field trips outside of Fireflies. Trips will include visits to development projects, communities, local business leaders, ancient temples and palaces, and tribal villages. Excursions will include visits to a variety of institutions in and around Bangalore city, as well as to Mysore, H.D. Kote and the state of Kerala. 
 
Accommodations

Students live and study at Fireflies for most of their stay and will share comfortable double bedrooms, each with attached bath. The Fireflies campus has conference halls, meditation centers, walking paths, computers, wireless internet service*, a library and several dining pavilions. During field trips, accommodations will include educational institutions and hotels with roughly equivalent facilities. Leisure activities include pottery, volleyball, carom board, scrabble, swimming in an outdoor pool, and exploring sites in and around Bangalore, such as the Banerghatta tiger reserve (at student's own expense).
*Internet service may be intermittent due to local realities
 
Program Costs

Approximately $14,500 (NJ Residents) / $19,200 (Non-NJ Residents)

Program cost includes:
  • Round-trip airfare from NYC to Bangalore, India
  • Accommodations (double or triple room)
  • Most meals
  • Tuition & fees for 16 credits
  • Preparatory costs & Academic materials (i.e. books)
  • All excursions and entrance fees
  • Comprehensive international health insurance (GeoBlue)
  • Indian visa fee
Program cost does not include:
  • Some meals
  • Immunization fees
  • U.S. airport transfers
  • Personal expenses (i.e. independent travel, etc.)
  • Supplemental dietary needs
  • Fees associated with flight date changes
Contact Us

For more information regarding application process, important dates and deadlines, scholarship information, contact the Study Abroad Office by email at goabroad@ramapo.edu, by phone at 201-684-7533 or by visiting our website (http://www.ramapo.edu/international)