Despite only about 33% of India having internet access, the country already has over 400m users – which is more than the United States. As more Indians come online, how will this shape the internet as a whole? What will the internet look like when the majority of Indians are connected– and accessing it in often very different contexts than Western predecessors?
Indians have left the subcontinent and settled in places all over the world– North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East being just a few. How does this huge diaspora community contribute to India’s economy in terms of remittances and new business connections? Is brain drain a dead argument, giving way now to brain circulation?
What are the unique characteristics of India’s consumer market? How do we define India’s middle class and their buying habits? This course reviews the relevant research in this area for all aspiring entrepreneurs.
Indian fashion is a diverse world drawing on a wide variety of regional cultures and artisan handicraft traditions. It can also be a bellwether for pushing social and cultural norms. This course examines Indian fashion both from artistic and cultural perspectives.
This course explores the extraordinary impact of the mobile phone in India and how the falling price of smartphones continues to include data into India’s mobile revolution. What effect has the ubiquity of mobile phones had on everyday life in urban and rural India?
This course explores India’s diversity through its calendar. Mapping major India’s civic and religious holidays month by month– and how they vary across the country– is a fun and useful way to acquaint oneself with India’s diversity.
Facebook’s initiative to provide free basic internet services to India’s poor has been met with tremendous controversy. This course explores this debate and why it matters and what it says about India’s role in shaping the future of the internet.
This course hopes to provide a framework for understanding some of the transformative changes currently underway in India. Take the course to explore India’s past, present and future in this interdisciplinary course.