As globalization increases, international cultural exposure and work experiences become important to successfully navigating and meeting the demands of a changing work environment. Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai hosted the Columbia Experience Overseas (CEO) program that offers undergraduate students a high quality internship experience in a diverse array of industries and organizations through alumni and employer partnerships in eight cities across the world. Ten students spent two months from June to August interning with leading for-profit and non-profit organizations in Mumbai.
Why did Facebook’s Free Basics program, available in 37 countries around the world, fail in India? What were the processes used by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its judgement against Free Basics? How were the values of freedom, access, and digital equality invoked by the opposing sides? And finally, why does Net Neutrality matter in a country with such low rates of Internet penetration? Taking these questions offline, the Mumbai Center organized "Saving the Internet" as a conversation between Apar Gupta and Dr. Ravina Aggarwal.
India is a multi-cultural and a diverse nation with a flourishing history of pluralism that has been thriving for thousands of years. Among the many faiths represented here are Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Buddhism, and Jainism. As the world’s largest democracy, India presents a unique opportunity to understand a long and multifaceted heritage of religious diversity. With this reality in mind, the Mumbai Center hosted University Chaplain, Jewelnel Davis, and four Kraft Global Fellows from May 24-June 3 for an intensive field study on Religious Pluralism in India.
Beginning in June, 2016, the Mumbai Center partnered with the Mailman School of Public Health to introduce a practicum that enables graduate students to complete a planned, supervised and evaluated field experience in India. The Center reached out to multiple organizations to house four student interns. The three organizations that were selected include Society for Nutrition, Education, and Health Action (SNEHA), Khushi Baby in Udaipur, and Partners for Urban Knowledge, Action and Research (PUKAR).
The city of Mumbai is perhaps best known globally for its film industry; films are a vital part of its political economy and cultural imagination. In October 2016, the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image (MAMI) organized the 18th Mumbai Film Festival to bring art house cinema as well as from Bollywood, Hollywood and other international movies to audiences in the city. The Mumbai Center facilitated the formation of a vibrant educational and cultural network for the festival by coordinating a series of brainstorming sessions with academics and civil society organizations.
Amidst climate change threats and geopolitical struggles, can nations afford to take an isolationist perspective in determining their energy policies or is global thinking and interdependence the way for a sustainable and stable future? What are the latest trends in global oil and natural gas markets and what implications do these have for countries like India? A panel discussion on this issue was organized by the Mumbai Center featuring energy experts from Columbia’s Center on Global Energy Policy (CGEP) at the India Merchants Chambers on December 1.
Are rural communities willing to pay for clean drinking water? How does household income influence the decision making of citizens regarding prioritizing water for agriculture or drinking purposes? How do you provide water to people in a sustainable manner? What are the incentives for a community to manage its common water resources? Dr. Katherine Alfredo, a research scientist from Earth Institute, Columbia University presented her ongoing research on some of these complex questions in a Lecture and Discussion organized by the Mumbai Center.
To mark Dr. Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary and celebrate the centenary of his graduation from Columbia University, CGC | Mumbai organized a public panel at the Godrej India Culture Lab and an all-day workshop on December 9-10. Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar (1891–1956) is best remembered today for leading a powerful struggle for untouchable rights and self-representation, for his extensive writings on caste as a form of inequality and historical injustice, and for his enduring effect on Indian trajectories of democratic justice and affirmative action policy.
Global citizenship emerged as a buzzword among Mumbai citizens on November 19, 2016, with the metropolis hosting the Global Citizen Festival featuring British rock band, Coldplay. In the afternoon preceding the landmark event, Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai partnered with the festival organizer, The Global Education and Leadership Foundation (tGELF) to organize a workshop to explore ways in which citizenship could be practicably realized in classrooms.
Municipal solid waste has tripled globally since 1950 and is expected to be six times greater by 2030. So, how will global cities manage their ever-increasing mounds of waste? One thing that clearly emerges from years of research is that we need to put an end to open dumping. Evidence for this argument was presented by Athanasios Bourtsalas, Adjunct Professor at the Earth and Environmental Engineering Department, Columbia University, and the Manager of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University.