Monday, September 20, 2010

Celebrate the 18th SUNY Oneonta Learn and Serve Program in India December 28, 2010---January 14, 2011

Study the old and new civilizations of India while helping the underprivileged children get education!

The ancient and modern civilization of India throbs with energy and life. Come and experience the ever changing and ever growing kaleidoscope that is India. Learn about the country first-hand through this eighteen-day SUNY Intersession Program directed by Dr. Ashok Malhotra, (SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor) and Ms. Linda Drake (Director, Center for Social Responsibility and Community.)

Participants will learn about the history and culture of India through lectures and excursions to places of historical, religious and artistic significance as well as visit the five Indo-International Schools in the villages of Dundlod, Mahapura and Kuran where they will volunteer their services.

Through Learn and Serve in India, you can continue the tradition of service established by the SUNY Oneonta Semester in India program, where in 1996, students and faculty established the first Indo-International School. Established in 1979, it is the longest running SUNY Study Abroad Program in India! Participants will celebrate its 31st year of continued existence during their 18 day sojourn in India.

Tentative Program to India: December 28, 2010: Leave Newark (USA) for Mumbai (India)--Continental or Air India Evening-- and return on January 14, 2011.
December 30, 2010 to January 5, 2011.

Learn and Serve at the Ninash Foundation’s five Indo-International Schools: Elementary and High Schools in Kuran (Gujarat); Elementary School in Mahapura (Rajasthan) and Elementary and High Schools in Dundlod (Rajasthan). The SUNY Oneonta group will join in celebrations of dance, music and dramatic performances by the children as well as will teach children, teachers and local community the use of computer, email and internet; teach English to teachers, children and local community; plant a tree and flowers in memory of Dr. Douglas Shrader (SUNY Oneonta Distinguished Teaching Professor); teach songs and learn songs; do art etc. and visit homes in the villages.

January 5-8, 2011:
Visit Indo-International Art and Culture Preservation School and learn about India through lectures and on-sight excursions:

Minibus from Dundlod to Jaipur:
Visit the Pink City of Jaipur which includes the City Palace, Amber Palace, Mirror Palace, Elephant Ride, Silver Bazaar and other artistic and historical monuments (Lectures on Mughal-Rajput--Indian history/art/culture)
January 9/10/11, 2011
Visit the City of Agra---Taj Mahal/Red Fort

Minibus from Jaipur to Agra:
Visit Fatehpur Sikri, the abandoned kingdom of King Akbar, see the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort created by King Shah Jahan and other Mughals—(Lectures on Mughal Indian history/art/culture)
January 11/12/13, 2011:
Visit New and Old Delhi

Minibus from Agra to Delhi:
Visit the seven cities of Delhi and its fabulous monuments with English speaking guides—(Lectures on Mughal Indian history/art/culture)
Approximate total cost: $4000.00 (Includes)
International Round Trip, Domestic Air Travel and Ground Transportation; Hotel Stays, Meals; English Speaking Guides, Lectures and Entrance Fees to Monuments/Special Events in India.

Seats are limited!
For further information, please contact Dr. Ashok Malhotra at 607-432-0496 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              607-432-0496      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Ms. Linda Drake (Center for Social Responsibility), 607-436-2633.

By Ashok Malhotra

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