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Business School joins forces with Indian foundation for unique tour

29 August 2019
Undergraduates to have "social and cultural immersion experience"
The University of Sydney Business School has joined forces with an Indian charitable foundation to provide undergraduate students with unique insights into the operation of sustainable projects in the Subcontinent.
A mosque in India

A group of between 10 and 16 students will travel to India in December for what is being described as a unique two week "cultural and responsible business immersion experience."

The India Study Tour has been organised by the Business School’s Work-Integrated Learning unit in association with the Delhi-based Incentive Foundation which is supported by the travel firm, Inspiration India.

"Incentive Foundation's women's economic empowerment program helps disadvantaged women to earn money through self-help groups," said the Business School's Sanjeev Dheer, an Associate Lecturer in Work-Integrated Learning.

The students will visit Bandhwari village (near New Delhi) where the Incentive Foundation runs programs specifically for girls who are often prevented by social pressure and conservative traditions from pursuing high school education outside the village.

They will also visit Dastakaar, a permanent crafts bazaar, where villagers sell their wares; All Creatures Great & Small, which provides a home to abandoned animals; Lemon Tree Hotels, which recruit differently-abled staff; and a Women's Community Centre.

"Those who go to India will gain insights into international business perspectives while potentially experiencing an axis of history and culture," Mr Dheer said. "Importantly, these students will work with NGOs and learn about running sustainable projects on limited budgets."

The group will also gain practical experience with Indian corporations in a way that will allow them to apply their theoretical knowledge gained at the Business School and will earn credit points towards their degree.

This will be a wonderful opportunity for the students to experience the rich culture, history, anthropology and evolution of modern India.
Associate Lecturer Sanjeev Dheer

Mr Dheer went on to say that the tour would suit students "ready to build on their skills and gain insights that will enhance their international business acumen."

"India inspires innovation that is prevalent in its vast array of businesses providing goods and services of every kind for both local and global consumption," he said.

The University of Sydney’s Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence, will lead a delegation to India in November with a view to establishing closer tied with Indian organisations and to learn about its student market.

Applications for the India Study Tour close 9am, Friday 6 September. Find out more at the Current Students website.