At the end of December 2010, Professor Jick and 40 Columbia Business School students embarked on an unforgettable study tour across India.
The trip had a rocky start as blizzards around the world shut down airports and delayed travel plans. Within a few days though, all students finally arrived and took an incredible journey. We learned about influential companies, met and interacted with industry leaders, visited major historical and political sites, and attempted to understand the complex and fascinating Indian culture first-hand.
The trip commenced in Delhi, where the Columbia Business School group met with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, the Times Group, HCL Technologies, and Amarchand Mangaldas. The incredible span of diversity amongst the companies provided an excellent and well-rounded beginning to the tour.
We spent New Years in Delhi, then packed up on January 2nd to visit Agra for sightseeing. We all felt fortunately to see one of the wonders of the world - The Taj Mahal. After Agra, we continued sightseeing in Jaipur, “the Pink City.”
The group got “back to business,” upon traveling to Mumbai. In Mumbai we were happy to meet with Mudra Communications, Monitor Group, Mahindra Automotive Group, HDFC Bank, and Reliance Industries.
In both Delhi and Mumbai we were graciously hosted by CBS Alumni. Thank you to Professor Aman Aggarwal, and Rithvik Hegde ‘10 and his family for graciously hosting our large group of students.
A major thank you to the Chazen Institute at Columbia Business School, and the amazing organizers of the trip: Srikanth Nimmagadda, Kuber Sharma, Varun Gupta, and Aniket Shah. These students went above and beyond the call of duty and provided us with memories that will last a lifetime.
Please check out the video below, created by one of the participants.
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Here is a selection of photos from the trip: