The USC delegation’s marathon tour through India concluded with a special panel, the USC Forum on Globalization and Innovation, arranged by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, examining issues surrounding globalization and innovation in the 21st century from the India perspective. President Nikias (see photo below) welcomed attendees to the gathering, offering perspective on conditions that promote the most beneficial forms of innovation. (See the photo section of this blog for more pictures from the event.)
In this photo, President Nikias asks acclaimed Indian playwright Girish Karnad, who will receive an honorary USC doctorate in Los Angeles in May, to share a few words at the opening of the new Bangalore office on Feb. 25.
Sudha Kumar, director of USC’s Bangalore office and member of the USC Viterbi staff, performs the traditional lamp-lighting ceremony on Friday, Feb. 25, as part of a traditional Indian dedication ceremony for the new office.
Bangalore is often referred to as the Silicon Valley of South Asia. Numerous technology companies and innovators are based there. (The head of one such company – Infosys, a USC partner – inspired the title of Thomas Friedman’s famous book The World Is Flat.)
Below is a Trojan Family portrait from Bangalore, on the occasion of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s dedication of the university’s Bangalore office Friday night. The group consisted of USC’s leadership delegation, alumni and parents, and friends of USC.
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.)
USC Viterbi dean Yannis Yortsos says that the India trip has helped him connect far more closely with Viterbi alumni and parents. The school has hosted well-attended events in both Mumbai and Delhi, with another one scheduled tomorrow for Bangalore. USC Viterbi has been the key player behind the new USC office in Bangalore, which will be formally dedicated on Friday.
“Vice Dean Shantanu Dutta and I have had wonderful meetings in Mumbai with Marshall alums, who are very excited about the potential of our building our presence in India,” reports Jim Ellis, dean of the USC Marshall School of Business. “We also have met with representatives of schools to discuss partnerships between our institutions. As we move to Delhi and Bangalore, we continue to meet with alums, parents, other business schools and companies to talk about what we can be doing for our students and to bring India closer to Southern California.”
The Wall Street Journal featured a photo of President Nikias and trustee Ratan Tata in its coverage of USC’s partner-building efforts in India.
Meanwhile, President Nikias’ announcement that USC would award an honorary doctorate to famed Indian playwright Girish Karnad drew considerable media attention around the country. Karnad accompanied the USC delegation at their Mumbai press conference.