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India Initiative Reflections

India Initiative Reflections

Studying "Mother India" Abroad

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Complementing the India initiative,  the College's study abroad, history, and anthropology programs are participating in an educational tour of India  December 29, 2011, through January 10, 2012. Entitled "Mother India," the visit will examine the fusion and diffusion of Indian cultural heritage, the origins of Indian spirituality, and Mughal India.

To participate, a required pre-departure class will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011. Additionally, anyone interested should contact Dr. Greg Malveaux, study abroad coordinator, at

A full itinerary is available online at this link .


Celebrating with the Rockville Campus

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Starting early this morning, Montgomery College came alive with excitement for the dedication of the Science Center at the Rockville Campus.  The dedication was the realization of the College's vision for an innovative, environmentally friendly building that serves the increasing numbers of students pursuing study in the sciences and engineering. Our nine visitors joined elected officials, alumni, donors, and College students and employees at the celebration -- a memorable moment for Montgomery College and for everyone!

India Delegation at Science Center Opening

Under the Hood: Learning About Automotive Technology Program

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The College automotive technology program invited professors to share what they are teaching and students to demonstrate what they are learning. The visit included a tour of the College's auto bay, where all students get hands-on training on the newest tools and computerized equipment used to diagnose and repair automobiles. Our visitors also attended several hours of classes and their accompanying labs, including AT162 Battery/Starting/Charging and AT111 Engine Repair.

Tour of MC Automotive Technology Bay

MC Automotive Student with Indian Faculty Member

Professor Debra Anderson Speaks with Indian Faculty Members

Day Two: A Closer Look at Construction Management

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Early this morning, the nine faculty members from India left Germantown for Montgomery College's Rockville Campus. Professor Mario Parcan, coordinator of the construction management program, served as host as the men attended two courses, CT130 Construction Methods and Materials and CT286 Construction Planning and Scheduling. 

After Professor Parcan visited India, he wrote his reflections about his experience, and I wanted to take the opportunity to share snippets of what he wrote because his interest in continuing the dialogue with his Indian colleagues finally became a reality.

"I believe that the trip to India provided us the opportunity to complete our first required task which was to familiarize ourselves with the educational structure, reality, limitations and potential of the higher education sector in India. This will eventually allow us to elaborate a plan for academic dialogue, faculty and/or student exchange and possible future involvement of our programs....

...Both the symposium and our visits to the different educational institutions gave me the opportunity to start a dialogue with our Indian colleagues and initially expose our Construction Management program to faculty and students.... The community college model, perhaps recently introduced, needs time to develop and grow and I do believe that we can make significant contributions in this area. The timing is right.


I believe that this visit to India has allowed me to revive my sense of social responsibility and commitment towards globalization, particularly as it pertains to the academic sector. We have both an opportunity and a responsibility to lead a meaningful effort, one that may introduce significant alternatives to education in India, one that will enrich our own lives and provide us all with a different academic, social and cultural perspective."

Indian Delegation Visits MC

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This morning, a team of nine faculty members from three Indian higher education institutions--Guru Gobind Singh Government Polytechnic, O.P. Jindal Community College, and and the ITI Umri Road Kurukshetra--set foot on Montgomery College's Germantown Campus. Their visit is a continuation of the grant from the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.

The faculty members started the morning with welcoming remarks from Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president; Dr. Sanjay Rai, vice president and provost of the Germantown Campus; Dr. Molly Teas, senior adviser for education at the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Steve Kaufman, chair of the College Board of Trustees. 

Board of Trustees Chair Steve Kaufman

After welcoming remarks, the faculty embraced the opportunity to ask questions and to speak with Montgomery College faculty and staff in small groups. Another favorite moment for everyone was taking photos to remember the experience. 

Indian Faculty Talk with MC Deans


The afternoon featured a tour of a developmental math lab, led by Professor John Hamman, chair of the Mathematics Department of the Germantown Campus. Faculty from India were finally able to see what they had heard about during discussions, plus meet and talk with students.

Faculty from India Visit MC

Chronicle of Higher Education Highlights India Initiative

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The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an in-depth look at India's efforts to close its skills gap and educate millions of workers. The article, by Shailaja Neelakantan reporting from India, examines the challenges the country faces and the efforts to integrate community colleges into the higher education system. It is a must-read!

Accompanying Neelakantan's article is an article by reporter Karin Fischer, who features Montgomery College's own initiative in India. Fischer looks the symposium that the College led back in March, as well as this week's visit by Indian faculty to Montgomery College. 

Why is the College engaged with colleges overseas? Perhaps Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, said it best in the article: "We live in a flattened world. It makes no sense to engage one way."


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