STUDY INDIA PROGRAMS

SIPs

SIPs


The Study India Programmes (SIPs) are CASII initiatives. CASII is an educational trust registered in Kachchh with an area of work spread out all over India. CASII's affiliation to a university/institute recognized by the University Grants Commission, Delhi is awaited. Such an affiliation would facilitate credit-transfers for international students. In the interim CASII would provide credits through other institutions/universities, to students in their Study India Programmes.

The credit-based SIPs are offered to international students and the duration of these programmes could be from one month to one semester (10-12 weeks) and would be tailored towards their gaining credits for the courses offered in the programme.

These Study India Programmes would be organized between October and December and January and March for Institutions/Universities.

CASII also offers Intensive 'Embedded Courses' of 2-6 weeks as an alternative to full-scale credit-based SIPs. These would be based on courses offered at the home institutions of the participating students. Such embedded courses would be in collaboration with a professor from that institute, who will teach the course in India, in tandem with 2-3 resource persons from CASII. Credits for Embedded Courses will be offered by the Home Institution. Embedded Programmes could choose their own time slots.

CASII also offers SIPs to multinational executives newly posted in India/NRI’s and individuals. Such SIPs could be tailored to suit the needs of the participants. The time duration and slots could also be as per the convenience of the group.

One-on-one interaction with guest faculty, local students and the tribal population, and excursions would be a unique feature of all these programme.



Accommodation & On-Campus Facilities

Accommodation & On-Campus Facilities


The Study India Programme will be conducted on the CASII premises in Bhuj, Gujarat, India.

The Centre for Advanced Studies in India CASII Trust is constructing a campus that has alternative indigenous buildings called 'Bhungas', for the Institute's conference hall, library, research and teaching facilities. Residential facilities for students and researchers is also being planned. Till they are available students will be lodged in suitable accommodation off-campus in air-conditioned double rooms.

All meals will be provided throughout the week. Over the weekends too, the participants could have their meals at CASII, or make their own arrangements to go to the beach resort of Mandvi or to other nearby towns of Gandhidham or Anjar for which regular bus services/shared taxis are available between Bhuj and these towns.



Credit Based Study India Programme

Credit Based Study India Programme


1. Credit-Based Courses for International Students would be available in the following areas:

a) Desert Ecology and Sustainable Development
b) Tribal Arts and Culture of Kutch: Hearing Silenced Voices
c) Women's Development and Empowerment in Postcolonial India
d) Studying Indian Culture through Indian Literature in English
e) Bollywood Cinema: Fantasy and Reality
f) The Harrapan Civilisation in Gujarat
g) Temples and Step-wells of Gujarat
h) Interdisciplinary Diasporic Indian Studies : Sociological, Political, Economic and Cultural Perspectives
i) Economic Development of Contemporary India

Each of the Credit-based courses would be of 15-20 hours duration + field work of 6-8 hours. The number of courses required could be chosen from the above list or could be tailor-made on sufficient demand. The number of credits/hours per course could be modified as per the requirement of the concerned group.

2. Elective Courses/Projects could be done in the following areas:

a) Kutchi Mud Paintings
b) Tribal/Folk Dance and Music of Kutch
c) Embroidery and Handicrafts of Kutch
d) Perspectives on Bollywood Film-makers
e) Business Etiquette in India
f) Business English Skills
g) Ecological Conservation Issues
h) Evolution of Bollywood Music: A Journey from the Midnight to the new Millennium

Each Elective Course/Project would have 15-20 hours of teaching + Field work of 6-8 hours. The number of credits/hours per course could be modified as per the requirement of the concerned group.

3. Field Work for Major and Elective courses would be done in the following areas/places:

a) Banni Grasslands, Kutch
b) Villages in which the Kutchi artisans live
c) Film City, Mumbai
d) Commercial District, Mumbai
e) Dholavira ruins, Kutch
f) Women's Groups in Kutch
g) Creative Writers, Mumbai

4.Overnight/Day Excursions would be available to:

a) Mandvi, the ancient port city of Kutch
b) The Wild Ass Sanctuary
c) Narayan Sarovar Sanctuary
d) Gandhidham and the Kandla Port
e) The Great Raan of Kutch



Faculty, Modes of Instruction & Evaluation for Credit-Based SIPs

Faculty, Modes of Instruction & Evaluation for Credit-Based SIPs


Faculty:

1. Programme Coordinator

The Programme Coordinator appointed by Centre for Advanced Studies in India and would oversee the organization of the programme, work out the teaching schedule and arrange for field trips and excursions.

2. Guest Faculty:

The best and most prestigious guest faculty would be available for each of the courses in the programme. Each faculty member would have a depth of experience in the subject matter both in terms of research and in successful teaching experience. Faculty members will combine a variety of pedagogical approaches.

3. Field Trip Experts:

Field Trips would be supervised by experts in the area.

4. Excursions Guides:

Participants on Excursions would be accompanied by professional guides

Modes of Instruction:

1. Lectures
2. Workshops
3. Tutorials
4. Field Study

Evaluation:

1. Written presentations of independent study projects
2. Oral presentations and group presentations of study projects



Fee Structure & Mode of Payment for Credit-Based SIPs

Fee Structure & Mode of Payment for Credit-Based SIPs


The per semester (12 weeks) cost would be worked out to include:

1. Tuition Fees for Credit based courses (15 credits) U.S. $ 5000
2. Twin-Sharing accommodation U.S. $ 1000
3. Boarding Charges (Breakfast, lunch & dinner) U.S. $ 1000
4. Cost for four Field Trips U.S. $ 400
5. Cost for two Excursions @ U.S. $ 300 per excursion U.S. $ 600

The total cost for three months (12 weeks) Study India Programmes offered by The Centre for Advanced Studies in India would be approx. U.S. $8,000 inclusive of field trips and excursions. The average cost calculated for Study India Programmes by most U.S. universities is approx. U.S. $ 11,000 per semester, per student.

To and fro air fare from the home university to Bhuj, via Mumbai and medical insurance is not included in this amount.

Transfers from Bhuj airport to the CASII campus and back would be covered by Centre for Advanced Studies in India. Minimum size of groups should be 10 and the maximum 20.

Each group may be accompanied by their own escort, the charges for whose boarding and lodging would need to be worked out on an individual basis.

Mode of Payment: Payment would need to be made at least one semester (four months) in advance and by cheques in favour of Centre for Advanced Studies in India or direct bank transfer.



‘Embedded SIPs' of 2-3 weeks duration

‘Embedded SIPs' of 2-3 weeks duration


Some universities might not be in a position to let students go away for a whole semester or for a major part of it. Such universities might prefer a short, intensive, 2-4 weeks programme of study abroad which is embedded in their own courses and for which they themselves would give credits. Such groups would be accompanied by the professor and a part of this professor's course could be taught at CASII in tandem with CASII's own faculty.

In addition to the teaching sessions, field visits and excursions would be organized to historical and scenic sites. The details of such courses and the fee structure could be worked out on a case-by-case basis.



SIPs for Executives of Multinational Corporations based in India

SIPs for Executives of Multinational Corporations based in India


The booming Indian economy is attracting more and more foreign investments and has captured the interest of multinational corporations who are either setting up shop independently in India or in collaboration with Indian units. The executives of such companies who are posted to India would benefit from an intensive introductory course on Indian history, society, culture, languages, cuisine and social etiquette/interaction. The location of CASII in Kutch would be of particular import as the surrounding ports of Kandla and Mundra are drawing in many multinational companies from different parts of the globe. CASII could tailor-make intensive courses ranging from 1-3 weeks for their executives. The mode of teaching would include lectures, workshops, field trips and excursions.

The fee structure would depend upon the duration of the course and the needs of particular companies. This course could be offered to groups between 10 and 25. Mode of payment would be by cheque to CASII, at least a month in advance.



SIPs for NRIs, particularly their children

SIPs for NRIs, particularly their children


Non-Resident Indians from Gujarat are spread in large numbers all over the world as the Gujaratis are particularly enterprising and followed first the colonial flag and then their own entrepreneurial instincts to countries in the East and the West. With these NRIs a return home even as often as once a year is a regular feature. They are more often than not accompanied by their children and CASII could offer these children tailor-made packages introducing them to their cultural heritage. These courses could be offered during the period when the NRIs and their children are in India and would be particularly aimed at the Gujarati NRIs, but NRIs from other parts of India would be welcome too. The mode of teaching would include lectures, workshops, field trips and excursions.

The fee structure would depend on the duration of the course and the needs of the particular group. The minimum size of the group should be 10 and the maximum size not more than 25. Mode of payment would be by cheque to CASII, at least a month in advance.



SIPs for Individuals/Other Groups

SIPs for Individuals/Other Groups


Individuals/other groups can opt to do any one or more of the courses offered by CASII under its Study India Programme.

Individuals/other groups may for instance, choose to do a SIP in Bollywood films, Indian Literature in English, the Temples of India, especially Gujarat, Handicrafts & Paintings of the Gujarat tribals, etc.

The fee structure and duration of such courses could be worked out with such groups. The fee structure would depend on the duration of the course and the needs of the particular group. The minimum size of the group should be 10 and the maximum size not more than 25. Mode of payment would be by cheque to CASII, at least a month in advance.