University of Southern California

USC Leadership Delegation to India

In February 2011, USC President C. L. Max Nikias led a delegation of university faculty, administrators and trustees to India, where they met with key Indian partners in higher education, business and government, and with USC alumni, to build sustainable alliances in the areas of medicine and health care, neurosciences, the arts, communication and journalism, business, and technology and engineering.

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Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

Paul Peterson/Embark LLC

The Taj Mahal

Topic: Political Leaders

Global Leaders

Topics: New Delhi, Political Leaders

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, shown below with President Max Nikias and trustee Ratan Tata during their meeting on Feb. 23, is one of the most transforming figures in modern India’s short history. As the country’s finance minister in the early 1990s, he led the economic reforms that opened up the Indian economy to international trade and set the country on a rapid path toward status as a major global player.  The liberalizing of the Indian economic structure, in 1991, coincided with Tata’s appointment as head of the Tata Group. In the new and open environment that Singh helped create, Tata led his group to unprecedented growth in sectors as diverse as steel, telecommunications, automobiles and food.

President Nikias reported that it was a special privilege to be able to hear first-hand from Prime Minister Singh about his hopes for increased Indo-American connections.

Tribute to Troy … And Tata

Topics: Academic Cooperation, Bangalore, Engineering, International Offices, New Delhi, Political Leaders, Travel

Thursday night in New Delhi represented trustee Ratan Tata’s final night with the USC delegation.  The delegation expressed its gratitude with a resolution honoring his achievements, along with a Baccarat crystal figurine representing the Trojan mascot, Traveler, and a photo book depicting USC’s architectural highlights. (See photo section and below.)

Nikias Meets Indian PM

Topics: Media Coverage, New Delhi, Political Leaders

During a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at India’s Parliament House on Wednesday, President Nikias discussed USC’s goals to build closer connections with India. The Economic Times noted that trustee Ratan Tata later told reporters: “He [Nikias] is interested in reaching out to do more with India. I have undertaken the responsibility to introduce him to India and we paid a courtesy call to the prime minister.”

The visit drew considerable media attention, as can be seen here.

Itinerary

  1. Depart from USA Feb 18
  2. AMumbai Feb 20-22
  3. BNew Delhi Feb 23-24
  4. CAgra Feb 23-24
  5. DBangalore Feb 25-26
  6. Depart from India Feb 27