Tuesday January 10, 2012

We had a later start this morning because our first stop of the day was at 10:00 am. Today’s cultural experience was at the National Museum of India. The museum was chilly inside. Many of the public buildings in Delhi are not heated because the weather is typically warmer but January is part of their cold season. It was unexpected to be cold inside this building. After we went through security we were each given a personal audio guide so we could learn about the background for certain artifacts through out the museum.

With India’s long history many of the pieces in the museum were incredibly old. One figurine of a dancing lady was from 2,000 BC. It was almost impossible to comprehend the scale of India’s past. The museum included pottery, figurines, paintings, armor, coins, and much more. Unfortunately some of the galleries were being renovated at the time of our visit and we were unable to experience the museum to the full extent. We enjoyed getting a better understanding of the historical context of India.

We found out today that it is hard to make any definite plans in India. While searching for a lunch stop we were given vague directions and eventually ended up at a DOMINOS. Just imagine thirty Americans crammed into a tiny Dominos. It was definitely an experience to remember. After lunch we finished our day with a visit to the Institute of Management Technology in Ghaziabad, India. We were greeted by students and staff and taken to a conference room for a presentation. Introductions were made and then Dr. Gupta and President Lambert gave an overview of Elon. The Institute of Management Technology is a top ten business school in India. Currently there are around 3500 such schools. IMT prides itself on its opportunities for exchange students and corporate linkages. Much like Elon, IMT has a Wi-Fi campus, 24-hour library, and a fully residential campus. Two professors from IMT spoke to us about topics related to our course. The first was a Talk on Indian Business and Economy. This lecture discussed India’s size, ideals, and potential for growth. The second professor gave a lecture titled: Talk on Jugaad- Innovation in the Indian Context. A Jugaad in its literal meaning is an incredibly inexpensive vehicle made of random parts. In the business world, Jugaad is a strategy for innovation driven by aspiration and vision rather than definite plans. This style of innovation is flexible, fast, and incredibly inexpensive. Business in India relies on this type of innovation and the ability to mainstream the results in order to thrive. During a tour of the university we were able to meet with students and relax a bit. This included a brief attempt at cricket. After visiting the national museum and getting a first hand look at a university, we all couldn’t be happier to be here and we are looking forward to what’s to come.