MODERN INDIA: A MOSAIC OF CONTRASTS
One Chance to Make a First Impression
My recent trip to India in January, proved to be more profitable for Northeastern’s signature Global Co-op program than I ever imagined! I set off to the south Asian country in mid-January, landing in New Delhi – my first of eight stops, ultimately making my way to my final destination, Bangalore – India’s largest most southern city. With a packed itinerary already unfolding, I was immediately struck by the warmth and generosity of the Indian people, who always seemed to magically appear at just the right time when I was in need of help with directions or simply trying to find the best local fare. The expeditious pace in a land of stark contrasts, make India a travel destination for not the faint of heart. India is changing at an unprecedented rate. Most of us understand this, but it’s the speed, degree and permanence of this transformation that can sometimes be indigestible. India is a vibrant society with an increasingly vigorous internal dynamic and an increasing influence, directly and indirectly, in the world.
During the course of many meetings, I was astonished at the level of interest there was to partner with Northeastern. I met with an array of professionals – everyone from multinational CEOs and founders of ambitious start-ups to high-powered global HR directors and department heads. Below, I am photographed in Mumbai, India with CEO Captain Milind Patankar (left) and Deputy Manager Yadam Sai Hrushikesh Reddy (center) of the multinational shipping company, Transworld Group. Founder and Chairman Mr. Ramesh Ramakrishnan is the parent of our esteemed alumna and Young Global Leader, Anisha Ramakrishnan who heads up the Dubai Transworld office. One of the most rewarding components of my position as Director of Global Employer Relations is seeing firsthand the convergence of connections – it is through a strong internal network of passionate alumni/ae, which catapults Northeastern to the top of its game – as a leader in global experiential learning.
Existence and Coexistence: Culture, Diversity, Spirituality, Poverty and Modernity
There are paradoxical implications when one thinks of a country peacefully coexisting, when the simple fact of the matter is, India is host to15 different languages, 3000 dialects, all the world’s major religions, and a population of 1.3 billion people – where 20% reside in cities and the rest of the population live in the 600,000 villages across India. I found a level of hunger that I have not experienced anywhere else. In every corner of the country, people are innovating, creating, developing, imagining, and strategizing – all with an acute appetite to contribute and to succeed. One of the direct benefactors of this fast-paced growth and welcomed drive for globalization, are the thousands of students and alumni/ae from Northeastern University. Ripe for talent, Northeastern has positioned itself as the primary global talent pipeline for many of these newly developed partnerships. Photographed with me below in scenic coastal Goa are Chief Planning Officer Mohan Krishnan (right) and Global HR Director Ashwini Joglekar (center) of Prototyze, a venture-builder under the brand name Private Unlimited. I was so impressed with this Google-like start-up lab (tree house retreat included!) – it was the quintessential mix of high tech meets intellectual cool vibe. Per standard follow-up, Prototyze has already submitted 5 co-op positions for the upcoming July cycle.
Biggest Take Away
Every professional with whom I met is keen on collaborating with Northeastern – that can go without saying. Beyond that, each employer is open to both Indian and non-Indian students – the focus on global co-op in India has been set in motion, so if you are a student looking to build your professional capital look no further. I am hopeful students will take advantage of these incredible opportunities, where they are sure to gain not only invaluable skills, but unquantifiable cultural experience. You can peruse all co-op jobs in India by using the key search ‘Global-Asia’ in NU Careers. If you have any questions, please meet with your Co-op Faculty Coordinator.
Alane De Luca oversees the Global Employer Relations team and global lead-generation initiatives within Career Development and Cooperative Education. She comes to Northeastern with 25+ years of experience working in the international education arena. Alane’s passion for global experiential learning began when she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa, where she worked alongside NGO’s and native Senegalese in rural parts of northern Senegal. Upon returning to the states, she assumed a position funded by the United States Agency for International Development focusing on initiatives set forth by the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation and administered at Northeastern. She also has experience directing global and experiential learning programs within academia at Merrimack College, Salem State University, Suffolk University Law School, and Saint Anselm College. She is a dual citizen of Italy, holds an M.Ed. from Northeastern University and a B.A. from The College of the Holy Cross. www.linkedin.com/in/alanedeluca