Centre for Intercultural Studies has been successfully organising summer/winter school programs for the International students from across the globe. The idea behind organising these programs is to provide our guests with a glimpse into the diverse Indian culture. Domestic diversity in India is both intriguing and fascinating and has held great interest to all who have stepped on this land. Here, at the summer/winter school program we offer our guests the opportunity to encounter the multifaceted hues of India and take a deeper look into it and try and decipher these nuances.
This School attempts to portray the dynamic and enriching ‘multiculturality’ of India with well planned activities such as lecture-cum-demonstrations, workshops, and visits to significant places around.
LANCASTER UNIVERSITY STUDENT VISIT
ORGANIZED BY THE CENTRE FOR INTERCULTURAL STUDIES AND DIALOGUE,
DEPARTMENT OF EUROPEAN STUDIES, MANIPAL ACADEMY OF HIGHER EDUCATION (MAHE)
The program for the Lancaster University student visit – Summer School – in September 2016 aims to offer an academically-rich and culturally-unique experience to the visitors via the theme: Expressions of Diversity: India through Manipal. Our approach has been to integrate a learning mechanism that is interactive and fun by making discover the local cultural heritage of the Dakshina Kannada region, in which Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) is situated, as a microcosm of Indian society.
The Objective of our program are:
- Make use of the rich cultural capital of the Dakshina Kannada region to offer a quality learning experience to the visitors, and in the process enhance the attractiveness of Manipal as a place to study.
The learning experience we intend to provide is achieved through the clubbing of lectures and activities based on pre-identified themes (feedback from previous years showed that lectures were too many and too varied). The proposed activities are structured along sub-themes of Philosophy, Art Forms, Nature, Economy, and Social Aspects – all strongly embedded in local distinctiveness, but yet an expression of India’s diversity. This will provide an identifiable axis to a cross-section of Indian society. Lectures/Talks with experts, we believe, would be more interesting and easier to relate at the site of action, making it easier for students to interact and easier for us to coordinate w.r.t logistics and organization. We plan to complement these talks and lectures by selecting interesting readings and making them available to the students beforehand so that the focus on learning is both consistent and rigorous.
Expressions of Diversity: India through Manipal
Philosophy & Religious Traditions: Dvaita, Advaita, Jainism
Nature: UNESCO World Heritage Site-Western Ghats, Coast
Agriculture: Rice – Coffee – Farming
Art Forms: Bharatanatyam, Theater, Yakshagana/Gombe Aata, Contemporary Dance
Social: Namma Bhoomi – Film
Cuisine: Coastal Cuisine
Hochschule Bremen University
Centre for Intercultural Studies and Dialogue (CISD) and Indo-German Centre for Applied Research and Exchange (INGAR) jointly organised a six day immersion program on ‘Exploring Business Landscapes in India’ for the MBA students of Hochschule Bremen University of Applied Sciences, Bremen, Germany from February 26 to March 3, 2018. The program was aimed at providing a snapshot of the Indian business environment and also acquainting the participants with the rich cultural fabric of India.
The program also aimed at offering participants with a constructive learning experience as it showcased the innovative paradigms adopted across business verticals and the journey of business ideas, from ideation to sustainability
The academic sessions included talks by experts on the dynamics of business cultures in India, Operations Starategy in India, High Performance Organisations, Family business in India, the Corporate structures in India. This was also preceded by visits to Manipal Technologies Limited, Jayalaxmi Enterprise and Abharan Jewellers where they were able to actively interact with the managerial staff of the organization. A panel discussion with the POWER team along with the budding entrepreneurs of MAHE was organized at Manipal Incubation Center. The theme of the discussion was ‘Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Start-ups: Eco System in Manipal’.
To provide the participants with a glimpse of the local culture, we planned a visit to the Yakshagana Kendra, where they were able to see a small performance by the young and talented artists.
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