ACMIndia Studies in Pune, India At the ruins of the Vijayanagar Kingdom in Karnatika.Women at a village near Bhimabhankar. Photos courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.
Left: On aprogram field tripto the Ajantacaves.Photo courtesy ofNatalia Futasova.
Pune, the site of the program, is a city of 3 million in the state of Maharashstra.
Pune is known as the “Cultural Capital of Maharashtra” and the “Oxford of the East.” Marathi is the language spoken in Pune and Maharashtra.Photo courtesy ofJessica Schachterle.
Pune is home to several colleges,including Pune University andSymbiosis. The city is also a centerfor the study of Iyengar Yoga.The yearly Pune Festival in Augustand September includes classicaldance and music recitals, plays, filmscreenings and sports. At the Hanuman Temple in Hampi, near Pune. Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.
The ACM office is located near Fergusson College.Marathi teacher Sucheta Paranjpe and Seema Gunjal, the officeassistant (top), sociology professor Vidyut Bhagwat (above),India Studies Field Director Suneeta Nene (above right), andpolitical science professor Shrikant Paranjpe (right).
Academic programIndia Studies is aninterdisciplinary programduring the fall semester (Julyto December).Recommended credit isequivalent to one extendedsemester (18 semesterhours).Program components:● Orientation – five weeks at the beginning of the program.● Marathi language – intensive language during orientation, with regular classescontinuing throughout the semester.● Courses during two seven-week academic terms. Students choose amongofferings in philosophy, history, architecture, performing culture, ayurved, sociology,environmental science and art.
● Independent study project – an academic and experiential project under theguidance of a university faculty member or a local professional or artist. Research maybe conducted in most fields in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities. Projects have included the following: ● North Indian Classical Music ● Gandhi’s System of Basic Education ● Christian Churches in Pune ● Medical Applications of Massage & Yoga ● Indian Cultural Context for Scientific Research ● Exploring Untouchability: Oppression & Activism ● Healing & Diagnosis in Ayurveda ● Underprivileged Children in India ● Women & Violence within Patriarchal India ● Indian Astrology: Hindu Astrology Shiva Temple on the coast of the Arabian Sea. ● Folk & Tribal Ornamentation Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle. ● Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Experience in India ● Distribution of Water in Sanauri
● Extracurricular activitiesMusic lessonsDance lessonsVolunteer work, such as in hospitalsYoga lessonsBatik and weaving Tabla lessons (above). Performing classical Indian dance (left). Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle. At the Sassoon Hospital Orphanage (right). Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.
Program participants with students in Phaltan. Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.Students perform classical Indiandance (above) and music (right) atthe program’s farewell dinner.On the wall are batiks made byprogram participants. Photo above courtesy of Natalie Futasova. Photo at right courtesy of Jodie Rutz.
● Field tripsAjanta and Ellora rock-cut caves in AurangabadKarlaMahableshwar, a hill station near PuneSihagad FortSanskriti Above photo courtesy of Natalie Futasova. Views of the Ajanta and Ellora caves.
Students join in a festival ata Hindu temple in Jejuri (above). At Jezudi A program participant talks with aTemple (right). group of people outside the Dnyaneshwar Temple in Alandi, whichPhoto courtesy of Jessica is a short bus ride from Pune (above). Schachterle.
Host families Students are “adopted” by host families in Pune. Photo courtesy of Jody Rutz. Past participants rank the experience of living with families as the best part of the program. Typically, the students ● participate in family celebrations ● learn to cook ● interact with host-siblings and their friends ● learn about an Indian neighborhood by living there ● see the family structure firsthand.Photo courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.
Above: A student with her host sister. At left, a student has her first dinner with her host family. Before eating, the family fed the Palki Pilgrims whoPhoto courtesy of Natalie Futasova. were passing through Pune.
Students travel ontheir own in IndiaStudents travel duringholidays and the two-weekprogram break. Favoritedestinations include:● New Delhi, the capital ofIndia, and Utter Pradesh● Agra, known for the TajMahal (shown at right)● Goa, a formerPortuguese colony on theArabian Sea● Rajasthan● Kerala At right, a view of Mumbai, India’s chief commercial center, which is easily accessible from Pune by train. Taj Mahal photo courtesy of Natalia Futasova.
ACM India Studies – Fall 2005● Dates: July 14 – December 11, 2005 (tentative)● Enrollment: maximum of 20 students● Coordinating Representative: Jonathan Lee,Philosophy, Colorado College● Field Director in India: Suneeta Nene● Contact your campus programadvisor for application materialsand more information. Or downloadan application from the ACMWeb site.www.acm.edu/india Jonathan Lee Stairs leading to Jezudi Temple (above). Photographing a temple elephant at the Hanuman Temple in Hampi (left). Photos courtesy of Jessica Schachterle.