Blog chronicles trip by IU Kelley School of Business students to India
July 31, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Beginning on Friday (Aug. 1), Indiana University's Kelley School of Business will again take a group of honors students to one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, India, where they will meet with government and business officials and also learn about the country's vast cultural heritage.
This year, the school will take others along through a new blog, "Kelley Takes You to Incredible India," which will feature regular dispatches from Delhi and Chennai and other nearby areas that students will visit. It can be found at http://www.kelleyinindia.blogspot.com/.
"India is the world's largest democracy, a regional and growing world economic powerhouse, a study in contrasts and a source of major opportunities and competition for U.S. business," said Jamie Prenkert, associate professor of business law in the Kelley School. "It's a fantastic opportunity for the students to see an economy on a staggering growth pattern and all of the opportunities and challenges that come along with that."
This is the third time in three years that Kelley has taken students to India. The students' itinerary will include a tour of the thoroughly modern Maruti/Suzuki 300-acre auto production facility at Gurgaon -- one of the largest in Asia, outside of Japan and Korea. They'll also visit business process operations in Mahindra City near Chennai, see micro financing in action at a rural village and see historical and cultural sites such as the Taj Mahal in Agra.
The purpose of the blog will be to bring readers along with students to these and other places, in both words and pictures. Readers are invited to share their thoughts and insights through a commenting feature and vote in a couple of polls.
"It has been a great cultural and business experience," Vijay Khatri, assistant professor of information systems, said about the school's previous efforts. "It is interesting for students to see how the context of the business affects business performance. It also helps students appreciate what they often take for granted. Understanding another culture also -- I hope -- broadens the perspective of the students."