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 began with an academic exchange with Kinnaird College, Lahore. The institutions with whom we now have ongoing exchange programmes are La Trobe University, Australia, NUS, Singapore and more recently, Middlebury College, U.S.A., Fukuoka University, Japan, Sciences Po, Paris, American Graduate School, Paris, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Macquarie University, Australia, the Ontario in India Programme, Canadaand 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 or two semester long non-degree course as per the 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 have edited 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!
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King’s College, London conducted its annual Summer Courses at LSR College from 29th May 2017 to 9th June 2017 for the 5th year in succession. This year, the courses were on International Relations and Marketing Management. It was a unique opportunity for LSR students as the only other institutions in India, that King’s College collaborated with for summer courses in 2017, were Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and Unilever in Bangalore.
The Office of International Programmes began the academic year 2017-2018 with an Orientation programme for students of Lady Shri Ram College intimating them about the various opportunities available. Enthusiastic students participated in large numbers.
From 11th to 16th September 2017, a large contingent of 18 students from the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University, Australia accompanied by Professor Andrew Alter visited LSR for a short-term course titled ‘Introduction to India’. The Principal, Dr. Suman Sharma welcomed them to LSR. The course was conducted by faculty from LSR and provided an overview of Indian History, Political Thought, Sociology, Gandhi and his relevance and Sustainable Environmental Practices in India. One of the highlights of the course was an interactive session in which students from Macquarie and LSR discussed the similarities and differences of being young adults in the two countries. In addition to the lectures, a Madhubani painting workshop was organised followed by an interactive session with the National Service Scheme, LSR.
On March 8th 2018, LSR celebrated International Women’s Day through an enriching cultural and intellectual interaction. A team of 35 delegates from Asia, Africa and Latin American countries attended and participated in the discussions. Ten students accompanied by faculty from Soka University, Japan were also present. The Japenese students put up a cultural performance that was highly appreciated.
On March 12th 2018, in a visit facilitated by the Australian High Commission, the Governor-General of Australia His Excellency Sir Peter Cosgrove along with Australian High Commissioner Ms. Harinder Sidhu visited LSR. The Governor-General and Lady Cosgrove were given a guard of honour by the National Cadet Corp (NCC) students of the College and a formal welcome by the Principal. This was followed by an interactive session with students and young faculty in the conference room of the College. In this academically engaging session, the Governor-General responded to students’ questions on issues of Gender, Education and diversity in Australia. In this enriching discussion, he also spoke at length about evolving and growing Indo-Australian relations. Lady Shri Ram College has been having exchange programme with Australian Universities for the past two decades.
LSR had the privilege of hosting a 100-member Youth Delegation from Bangladesh for an interactive session with the faculty and students. The tour was organised on the initiative of the Ministry of External Affairs and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.
In addition to these activities, OIP organised talks by distinguished faculty from universities abroad as well as lectures and presentations from Universities wishing to collaborate with LSR. These included an interactive session with the Russel Group University representatives from the University of Bristol, University of Leeds, Queen Mary University London and King’s College London. A session was organised with Mr. Robert Garris, Director of Global Admissions and Strategic Initiatives, Schwarzman Scholars to invite students to participate in this unique global programme. Mr. Nilesh Gaikwad, Country Manager, EDHEC Business School and Ms. Neha Khanna, Country Representative from Sciences Po, Paris spoke to students about opportunities in their institutions while Ms. Victoria Dobritz from Campus France Delhi, French Embassy spoke about study abroad initiatives available in France for Indian students.
Throughout the year, LSR hosted a series of meetings for prospective collaborations. The college was visited by— Mr. R. Marc Johnson, Senior Executive Director for Global Affairs, University of Virginia Dardan School of Business, USA, Ms. Janna Behrens Director, Education Abroad at Amherst College, USA, Prof. Sharon Pickering and Dr. Mridula Nath Chakraborty from Monash University, Australia and Mr. Ranjan Daniels, Associate Dean of the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.
The existing collaborations were also strengthened by a visit from Prof. Sujatha Moorti and Prof. Jennifer Ortegren, from Middlebury College, USA. They were accompanied by Ms. Vinita Tripathi, Director of Middlebury School in India. Ms. Sukeshi Kamra, the OIN Programme Co-ordinator visited College to meet the Principal and the current students recommended for the programme.
LSR College hosted three exchange students from Middlebury College, USA— Juliet Flam Ross, Nell Kathleen Sather and Lelia Jo Dusthimer and one student from La Trobe University, Australia— Sidney Jane Mason for durations ranging from one semester to a year.
A large number of students from LSR have been nominated for collaborative programmes in Universities abroad. Reshma Ganesh Babu has been nominated for the SUSI programme on Leadership in USA, Tarang Kaur for La Trobe University in Australia, Maitreyee Misra for Sciences Po in France, Reetam Choudhary and Kanishka for Fukuoka University in Japan, Kriti Jangpangi and Swanie Chhabra for the Ontario in India programme in Canada, Pavleen Gurdeep Arora, Jahnavi Kansana and Bhoomika Singh for the Master’s programme at Macquarie University in Australia, and Chathriya Kavin and Sharmishtha Singh for the Summer School at National University of Singapore, Singapore.
In addition, a contingent of ten Students from the Department of Journalism, Lady Shri Ram College have been recommended to the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India for the programme “Visit of Indian Youth Delegation to various countries during 2018”. They are Sayantani Mustafi, Ambica Agarwal, Tanvi Jalan, Saloni Singla, Rushil Saini, Anahita Sahu, Nimisha Bansal, Reshma Ganesh Babu, Nandini Rao and Samiksha Mathur.
2017-2018 has been a fulfilling year for the collaborative ventures of LSR and the prospects for the years to come seem very exciting.
: Ms. Kasturi Kanthan
: Ms. Rukshana Shroff, Dr. Veena Ravi Kumar, Dr. Kanika Ahuja, Ms. Deepika Papneja