Smeal dean to visit India

University Park, Pa. -- The dean of Penn State's Smeal College of Business will visit India this month to meet with some of the country's leaders in government, business, and education to explore partnerships between Smeal and Indian universities and discuss the growing importance of economic relations between the United States and India.

Dean James B. Thomas' nine-day itinerary in India, which begins on Oct. 30, includes meetings and events in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and New Delhi.

"India has one of the world's fastest growing economies and its impact on international business is projected to grow at an even greater pace over the next 25 years," Thomas said. "As a business school, we must be preparing our students to be successful in this changing global economy, and this trip will allow me to get a firsthand look at the economic developments in India and bring those lessons back to our students and faculty at Smeal."

Thomas will explore faculty exchange programs, the creation of a Smeal MBA immersion program in India, and other collaborative projects with Indian business schools, including the Indian School of Business; Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore; and the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

"The impact of the U.S. financial crisis on India's economy is a costly reminder of the interdependence of our two economies," he said, "and it provides further confirmation of the need for our nations' business schools to forge new collaborations in education, research, and outreach."

In addition to exploring partnerships, Thomas, an expert in the fields of management and information technology, will be discussing future U.S.-Indian business opportunities with representatives from Microsoft, IBM, Biocon, Satyam, and Reliance Industries, among other leading corporations. He will also sit down with officials from the Confederation of Indian Industry.

Thomas will meet with several Indian government officials and diplomats, including Daggubati Purandeswari, Honorable Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development; G.K. Pillai, commerce secretary; and Neelam Deo, former Indian Consul General for New York.

On Nov. 4 in Mumbai, the dean will host a breakfast reception for local Penn State alumni, members of the American Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Oberoi Hilton Towers.

The following day, Thomas will host an evening reception for alumni and business leaders in Hyderbad at the Taj Krishna hotel.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009