Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – Office Of International Programmes
At Home in the World
In this era of globalization, LSR has taken the lead in developing international linkages and global networks in education. LSR initiated the development of innovative international collaborations in the 1990s, and these have increased exponentially in recent times. These benefit students in multiple ways. They help to increase student mobility, lead to international team-building, ensure a global citizenry, help address critical global issues and lead to new skills and habits to help students think and act differently.
The advancement and application of knowledge is now crucial and is at the core of all aspects of development. We need to learn from the best practices across the globe. Besides workplaces today are increasingly becoming multi-cultural and diverse – this exposure at the college level is important to enable students to break out of stereotypes and generalisations and learn to work as a team with people across cultures. Ultimately, LSR believes that international exposure leads to experiential and transformative learning. In the increasingly globalized world LSR has understood the importance of engaging students in intercultural dialogue, addressing the issues of citizenship, tolerance, acceptance of others and other global issues.
Given the benefits of collaboration, LSR has tried to be creative and innovative in its collaborations and have ventured beyond conventional semester exchanges. There have been short term collaborations, collaborations using technology like Skype, tele-conferencing and video-conferencing.
The College has a vibrant exchange programme with a range of institutions across the world. We welcome students under the Study Abroad Programme of many American Universities. In the past we have hosted students from Barnard College, New York; Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania; and Georgetown University, Washington D.C. LSR also has an academic exchange with Kinnaird College, Lahore. The institutions with whom we have ongoing exchange programmes are La Trobe University, Australia, Brown University and Smith College in the US and NUS, Singapore and more recently, Middlebury College, U.S.A., Fukuoka University, Japan. Sciences Po, Paris, American Graduate School, Paris, Smurfit School of Business, University College of Dublin, Ireland, King’s College, London among others. Students from these institutions spend a semester or full academic year at LSR. The course work that they do at LSR counts for grades at their parent Universities. The students from LSR go for a one year non-degree course as per our UGC regulations.
LSR regularly hosts teaching faculty under the Fulbright and other programmes and in turn faculty from LSR also are invited to campuses abroad for either a semester or a year or for short term teaching assignments. The course in Conflict Transformation and Peace-building thrives on collaborations with universities in India and abroad. LSR is also part of the Universitas-21 Network of educational institutions from across the globe and the Women’s Education Worldwide (WEW) Consortium of women’s colleges across continents.Students from LSR continued to edit an electronic journal titled ‘Voices and Visions’ in collaboration with Women’s Colleges that are a part of the Women’s Education Worldwide Consortium.
The Office of International Programmes in LSR has been actively meeting with delegations from leading International Universities. These visits not only provide students an opportunity to explore options for post graduate studies across the world, but often lead to innovative collaborations between LSR and these institutions. These have included the development of short-term courses for international students and Skype-enabled discussions between students of LSR and institutions like Bryn Mawr College and Ohio Wesleyan University in the U.S.
In a unique initiative, students and teachers from Ohio Wesleyan University have worked with their LSR counterparts to put together a GANDHI-KING PEACE INITIATIVE which includes Skype sessions and tele-conferencing discussions. The first part of this initiative culminated in the visit of a small delegation of teachers and students from OWU for a short-term course on GANDHI – PERSPECTIVES AND POSSIBILITIES TODAY, formulated by the faculty at LSR.
We have also tailored a course titled A PASSAGE TO INDIA which we shared with the Winston Salem State University when they started on an India intensive programme and visited LSR College.
LSR has also organized interdisciplinary faculty seminars for visiting delegations from Universities abroad. In addition, several universities across the globe and distinguished faculty from diverse international institutions were invited for academic talks and discussions. These talks were of avid interest to the students clamouring for newer opportunities.
The Office of International Programs has been instrumental in generating all the correspondence for all meetings, for visa formalities of visiting students and visa formalities for Exchange Students.
The Office of International Programmes at Lady Shri Ram College is committed to extending horizons, creating new metaphors that will highlight all that is special and of value in India, nurture multiculturalism even as we resist homogenization. We will continue to spread our wings and soar high even as we strengthen and value our roots. The Office of International Programmes will help the LSR student engage with a global community and share their skills and knowledge. The journey has just begun and there is a long, exciting path ahead!
The year 2016-2017 had a festive and celebratory air as two MOUs were signed. The OIN-LSR MOU was finally signed and sealed. OIN – the Ontario in India Programme is a consortium of 10 Canadian Universities who will collaborate with LSR creatively.
A large contingent from Macquarie University, Australia met with the LSR Principal, Dr. Sharma and the OIP team. After a presentation on LSR, the MOU between the two institutions was signed.
Lady Shri Ram College is delighted to be collaborating with Barnard College, Columbia University, NYC, USA, on a global symposium to be held in New Delhi in March 2018 to discuss “Innovative Approaches to Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability.” A meeting with Giorgio DiMauro of Barnard College in November, 2016 led to an initial Planning Workshop that was held in February, 21st, 2017 working towards, the Global Symposium.
King’s College, London is conducting two Summer Courses at LSR College again this May for the 5th year in succession since 2013. It is a matter of great pride for us that LSR College is the only academic institution that King’s College, London is collaborating with. The other two institutions are Tata Hospital in Mumbai and Unilever in Bangalore. This year the Summer School has been scheduled from 29th May, 2017 to 9th June, 2017 with courses on International Relations and Marketing Management.
In addition to all these major activities, OIP has organized talks by distinguished faculty from universities abroad, lectures and presentations from collaborators and other universities.
The Office of International Programmes has expanded its base in collaboration and this year we have the largest number of students being sent from LSR College to collaborative programmes in Universities abroad. Students have been nominated for the SUSI programme on Leadership in USA, La Trobe University in Australia, Sciences Po in France, Fukuoka in Japan, Ontario in India programme in Canada, Macquarie University in Australia, National University of Singapore, Singapore and King’s College, London.
This year the Middlebury College in USA hosted one of our Faculty members for an Annual Lecture in March.
LSR College also has hosted in 2017, January to April semester, 5 exchange students from Middlebury, one from the OIN Programme and one student from La Trobe University in the January-April semester.
We are happy to engage with five more students from Middlebury and a New Colombo Plan Scholar from La Trobe University in Australia in the Julu-November semester.
2016-2017 has been a fulfilling year for the collaborative ventures of LSR and the augury for the years to come seem very exciting.
: Ms. Kasturi Kanthan
: Ms. Rukshana Shroff, Dr. Veena Ravi Kumar, Dr. Kanika Ahuja, Ms. Deepika Papneja