Halle Institute Faculty Study Trip,

India 2004



Day 1. Thursday, January 1, 2004 to Saturday, January 3, 2004

In Transit to Mumbai, India

Day 3. Saturday, January 3, 2004, Mumbai                                            

Hotel: The Gordon House

Cruise to and tour of Elephanta Caves

Welcome dinner at Khyber Restaurant including walk along streets of Mumbai.

Day 4. Sunday, January 4, 2004, Mumbai

Tour of Mumbai:

Mahalaxmi Temple,

Jain Temple,

Towers of Silence,

Dhobi Ghats,

Prince of Wales Museum

Dinner at Jimmy Boy Restaurant


Day 5. Monday, January 5, 2004, Mumbai

9-10:15 a.m.: Meeting with Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chair, Housing Development Finance Corporation, at Ramon House offices

Meeting with Shyam Benegal at Gordon House conference room

Meeting with Mr. Ratan Tata, at Taj Mahal Hotel

See the Dubbawallas who have an ellaborate means to pickup up and distribute home-prepared lunches to workers in their offices.


Day 6. Tuesday, January 6, 2004, Varanasi                                                                       

Hotel: Taj Ganges 

Flight 9W-333 (8:05/11:50): Mumbai to Varanasi

6:30-8 p.m.: Dinner discussion with 4 faculty members from BHU:

Prof. Sushila Singh, Women's Studies;

Prof. T.K. Biswas, Director, Bharat Kala Bhawan, BHU (a scholar on Indian Sculptures, Paintings, Mythology etc.);

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, Reader in  'Kathak' Dance, and an expert on Music forms;

Prof. Deepak Malik, Professor of Commerce, BHU, and currently Director, Gandhian Institute at Rajghat, Varanasi.


Day 7. Wednesday, January 7, 2004, Varanasi/Delhi

Pre-dawn boat-ride on Ganges

Prof. Veer Bhadra Mishra at his temple and compound in Tulsi Ghat

1:30: Depart hotel for airport

Flight IC-805 16:00-17:15: Varanasi to Delhi 

Hyatt Regency Hotel


Day 8. Thursday, January 8, 2004, Agra

Delhi to Agra by Shatabadi Express Train (6:00am – 8:00am)

Morning: visit to Fatehpur Sikri

Afternoon: visit to Taj Mahal, followed by visit to marble-carving shop

Agra to Delhi by Shatabadi Express Train (8:30pm – 11:00pm)

Day 9. Friday, January 9, 2004, Delhi                                                            

Afternoon: Tour of Old Delhi

8-10 p.m. Dinner/lecture with Delhi University Professor Dr Nilima Chitgopekar, who has written a couple of books on Shiva and has given talks in the US; conference room, Park Hotel

The Park Hotel


Day 10. Saturday, January 10, 2004, Delhi

8:30-9:45 a.m. Meeting with Mr. Jairam Ramesh, CP; conference room, Park Hotel

10-11 a.m. Meeting with Sukumar Nambiar, Convenor, Industries Coordination Cell, National Executive Member, BJP; conference room, Park Hotel

11:30 a.m. – 12:15: Travel time from Park Hotel to AIIS International Campus, Gurgaon

12:30-2:30 p.m. Meeting with Pradeep Mehendiratta, Director General & Vice President American Institute of Indian Studies; conference room, Park Hotel

2:30 – 4:30pm – Visit to home of Anup and Rajin Nair

Day 11. Sunday, January 11, 2004, Delhi

9:30-10:45 a.m.: Meeting with Mr. Jayant Prasad, Joint Secretary for the Americas, Ministry of External Affairs; conference room, Park Hotel

11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.: Meeting and lunch with Dr. Sona Khan, advocate before the Indian Supreme Court; conference room, Park Hotel

1-3 p.m. Tour of National Museum, with Dr. Shobita Punja

4:30-5:30 p.m.: tea and conversation with Dr. Punja and O.P. Jain, President, Sanskriti Foundation, restaurant, Park Hotel

7:30-10 p.m.: Dance performance by Mrs. Geeta Ramachandran, followed by dinner buffet at Park Hotel


Day 12. Monday, January 12, 2004, Delhi/Hyderabad

Morning until 10:15 – free time; check out of hotel

11 a.m – 12:00.: Meeting with Mr. N.K. Singh, Planning Commission at his offices

1:00 – 3:00. Lunch with CII, including Sunil Gupta and Gulshan Kalra (Coca-Cola) at CII headquarters.

Flight: Delhi/Hyderabad by 9W-825 (1700/1900)

Hotel: Taj Residency


Day 13. Tuesday, January 13, 2004, Hyderabad

10-11 a.m.: Meeting with Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at venue he specifies

2 – 4 p.m. Meeting at Indian School of Business (www.isb.edu) (The brainchild of the global consulting company McKinsey and Co, is currently being set up in Hyderabad. Actively supported by the Indian industry, the ISB is partnered by the Kellogg School and Wharton School of Business in the USA.”)

6 – 8pm: Dinner meeting with faculty from NALSAR University of Law (see http:/www.nalsarlawuniv.org) to hear aboiut aid to the poor; venue: meeting room Taj Residency

The Taj Residency

Day 14. Wednesday, January 14, 2004, Hyderabad/Bangalore

8:30-9:30 a.m.: 1-hour visit to Hi-Tech City

(cf. http://www.hysea.com:8080/hysea/About_HYSEA/)

9:30-11:30 a.m. Morning: Meeting with representatives of the Henri Martyn Institute, followed by walking tour of Old City; location TBA 

12 noon – 2 p.m: Bag lunch at Qutab Shahi Tombs

3 p.m.: depart hotel for airport

Flight: Hyderabad/Bangalore (9W:511: 17:10/18:10)

Hotel: The Leela Palace


Day 15. Thursday, January 15, 2004, Bangalore

All day: Health-related meetings organized by Dr. Sudarshan:

9 – 10 a.m.: Panel discussion (maximum three speakers) over breakfast at The Leela hotel or Lokayukta office

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Tour of Narayana Hrudayalaya heart hospital, followed by lunch

1 – 6 p.m. Tour by bus with stops for:

-Regional health center visit

-Village clinic visit

-Village tour and conversation with residents

The Leela Palace Bangalore


Day 16. Friday, January 16, 2004, Bangalore

11- 1:00pm  Panel discussion on the work of the Azim Premji Foundation, sponsored by Wipro computers, in promoting primary, secondary, and higher education in India.

Participating in the meeting, Mr. Dileep Ranjekar and his colleagues in Wipro:  Anurag Behar, Corporate Vice President, Quality, Brand, Communication and Innovation; Vijay Gupta - Vice President, Corporate Communication and Brand (Wipro Corporation) and Giri, Head, Advocacy and Research for Azim Premji Foundation. (www.azimpremjifoundation.org)

Venue: Learning centre – Room F-01, Wipro Campus, Sarjapur

Meeting followed by Lunch at the Wipro Campus with reps of the Azim Premji Foundation

2-4 p.m. Meeting with Nandan Nilekani, CEO, Infosys at the Infosys campus

7-9 p.m.: Meeting with Bhargavi Nagaraja Development Journalist, Consultant, Policy Researcher—a free lance journalist (mother of Emory graduate student) working on women’s rights at a meeting room in The Leela hotel

Day 17. Saturday, January 17, 2004, Bangalore

Free day in Bangalore

16:30: Depart hotel for airport

Flight: Bangalore/Mumbai by 9W-448 (1805/1940)

Transfer to the Leela Kampinski near the airport for a final dinner before transfer back to airport.

Hotel Leela Kempinski


Day 18. Sunday, January 18, 2004:

Departure for Atlanta: wee hours of morning.