India

  • Data Science & Technology

    What will students gain from this program?

    Students will dig deeply into the broad cultural and business drivers across the diverse and fascinating country of India with an eye to understanding how information science plays a role in this developing nation and how it impacts commerce across the globe. Students will have the opportunity to develop understanding of how and why India became a hub for information technology, outsourcing, and its role in continued innovation in digital business alongside challenges facing Indian firms and executives today. Students will learn about innovation and entrepreneurship in the fields of IT using experiential learning, company visits, and meetings with top business leaders.

    Academic Program Overview

    The program will start in Bangalore, the third-largest city in India with a population of over 8.5 million, often referred to as "the Silicon Valley of India." It boasts the highest concentration of IT companies in the country. Bangalore's IT industry grew in the past two decades alongside the expansion of internet and technology firms worldwide. The city of Bangalore has positioned itself to market the software industry, not only attracting top IT business, but also hosting international-class conferences, workshops and exhibitions devoted to the software cause. During our time in Bangalore, we plan to meet with executives from top IT firms, such as Flipkart, and also visit the campus of Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore to have a discussion with their faculty and students.

    We will then take an internal group flight to New Delhi. Delhi is the seat of the executive, legislative and judiciary branches of the Government of India and the second largest city in India with a population of over 11 million. We will do an all-day cultural excursion to Agra to see the Fatepur Sikri and to witness the Taj Mahal’s majestic presence and history. We will seek to understand the intersection of government and business in India and the public policy challenges facing India today, along with visiting more companies related to the Data Science industry, such as Snapdeal. There is also a plan to meet up with the Darden Global Executive MBA cohort while they are in residency in Delhi and to participate in a few joint sessions with distinguished speakers across a variety of industries.

    Faculty Lead

    Casey Lichtendahl

    Dates

    Arrival: 3 January 2017

    Departure: 11 January 2017

    Host Partner

    IIM-Bangalore

    Logistical Partners

    WorldStrides

    Darden Alumni