by Nicole Reitz
Four professors from North Maharashtra University in India visited Cayuga Community College in Fulton last Thursday to begin sorting out the agreement both institutions signed in March — a partnership that will open the door for international academic collaborations and exchanges.
Members of the Cayuga campus community have visited India multiple times in recent years to establish relationships with Indian universities.
In the spring, Cayuga Community College President Daniel Larson, Dean of Enrollment Management Cheryl Lindsay, and Professor Jeff Delbel made a 10-day trip to India where they discussed collaborations with two Indian universities: North Maharashtra University and Nagpur University.
Together, the institutions came up with the framework for a college course that would allow Cayuga Community College students to study in India.
Cayuga will offer its first travel study program to India during the spring 2013 semester. The three-credit Eastern Philosophy course is a hybrid class and will start with online learning first. It will include readings and discussions of religions.
The travel piece of the course will be lead by Dr. Jeffrey Delbel and will provide students with the opportunity to embark on a 10-day excursion throughout India.
Students will see a variety of cities, including Delhi, Agra and Varanasi, the oldest city in the world, considered to be the most holy in India.
In order to understand the governance structures of Cayuga Community College better, Dr. Dillip Hundiwale, Dr. Vijaykumarl Maheshwari, Dr. Bhausahebv Pawar and Dr. Rajkishorh Gupta toured the new campus, located at 11 River Glen Drive in Fulton.
Over the course of their 10-day visit, the Indian delegation will learn more about the community college’s delivery methods, tuition and fees, and academic culture.
While details are still being finalized, representative from North Maharashtra University estimate that 10 students per semester will be able to enroll in the course.
There are many differences between American and Indian colleges. India is about one-third the size of the United States, yet it is the second most populated country in the world.
The sheer number of Indian students enrolling in higher education surpasses that of the United States.
NMU has six schools (physical, chemical, life, mathematical, environmental, and social sciences) and 11 academic departments on campus. There are more than 200 colleges and 37 institutes affiliated to the university and this number grows yearly.
With professors in India teaching to the masses, the make up of the classroom is much different than it is at CCC.
Students in India start at a four-year college and finish with their bachelor’s degree at the same university. The concept of switching majors and transferring credits, a common practice at universities in America, is foreign.
“For North Maharashtra University to transfer in credits from Cayuga Community College is a brand new. They are pioneering this concept,” said Cheryl Anderson-Lindsay, chief international officer and dean of enrollment.
As it stands now, it is difficult for an Indian student to move between colleges and programs.
To read the rest of the story, subscribe to The Valley News by calling 315-598-6397