Note: For a photo of the meeting with Indian President A.P.J. Abdul
Kalam, go to: http://www.uh.edu/media/nr/2004/08aug/081204saleha.html.
STUDENTS FROM UH TALK POLITICS WITH INDIA’S PRESIDENT
Study Abroad Group Learns about Economics, Culture, Government
HOUSTON, Aug. 18, 2004 – A group of 26 students, faculty
and administrators from the University of Houston returned from
an extraordinary summer experience in India.
The group from the Bauer College of Business learned about politics,
economics, and culture from India’s President A.P.J. Abdul
Kalam and other government officials and business leaders. The trip
was organized and coordinated by Saleha Khumawala, associate professor
of accountancy and taxation.
During the June 14 meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Kalam talked
about his mission and future aspirations for India. He told the
UH group that a true leader is the one who can identify the best
and the worst human resource in his organization, and inspire the
worst worker to become the best.
“The most exciting part of the trip was our private meeting
with President Kalam,” said Jennifer Jones, a marketing senior.
“He’s incredibly intelligent, and has high expectations
for his country.” The group presented Kalam with a copy of
the UH book “Our Time: Celebrating 75 years of Learning and
Leading” autographed by UH President and System Chancellor
Jay Gogue. He included a personal invitation to Kalam to visit the
Students also met with the deputy governor of the Reserve Bank
of India, officials from the Securities and Exchange Board of India,
the director of National Securities Depositories Limited and Bombay’s
police commissioner. Meetings were held with business executives
from leading Indian and multinational companies including WIPRO,
which runs a call center recently profiled on “60 Minutes;”
KPMG; Bechtel Corporation; Link Shipping; Tata Energy and Research
Institute; and Reliance Industries. The UH group also met with the
U.S. ambassador to India, David C. Mulford, at the U.S. Embassy’s
Roosevelt House. They visited an orphanage and the largest poverty-stricken
area in Bombay and also made time for sightseeing, including visits
to the Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
“I could have read facts and figures about India, but seeing
everything firsthand gave me a new and unique perspective of the
condition of the Indian economy,” said Jones. “India
has long stressed the importance of education, but faces many hurdles,
including an exploding population, in its efforts to create jobs
and expand its economy.”
This trip abroad, open to all undergraduate and graduate students,
was coordinated by the Bauer College of Business. Participants received
up to six hours of course credit. It was Bauer College’s first
study abroad trip to India, and it plans to offer similar programs
in future years.
About the Bauer College of Business
The C.T. Bauer College of Business has been in operation for more
than 60 years at the University of Houston main campus. Through
its five academic departments, the college offers a full-range of
undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in business. The Bauer
College is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate
Schools of Business. In August 2000, Houston business leader and
philanthropist Charles T. (Ted) Bauer endowed the College of Business
with a $40 million gift. In recognition of his generosity, the college
was renamed the C.T. Bauer College of Business.
About the University of Houston
The University of Houston, Texas’ premier metropolitan research
and teaching institution, is home to more than 40 research centers
and institutes and sponsors more than 300 partnerships with corporate,
civic and governmental entities. UH, the most diverse research university
in the country, stands at the forefront of education, research and
service with more than 35,000 students
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