July 22, 2016
For Immediate Release
|From left Andrew Vaughn, admissions counselor at Campbellsville University, gives a campus tour to students from India. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
By Joshua Williams, communications assistant
CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – The Center for International Education, Louisville Education Center and the School of Business and Economics at Campbellsville University hosted 20 undergraduate students from Guru Nanak Institutions (GNI) Hyderabad, India, Monday, July 18 through Wednesday, July 20.
|Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for communication and assistant to the president, right, welcomes Dr. H.S. Saini, managing director of the Hyderabad campus, to Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
GNI is a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) institution, that has 11 education centers spread across Hyderabad, Nagpur and Roorkee. The Hyderabad GNI has 11,000 students enrolled in various programs of studies including Engineering and Technology, Pharmacy, Business Management, Computer Applications and Dental Science.
Dr. H.S. Saini, managing director of the Hyderabad campus, and Jaypreet Kaur Keer, assistant dean of international affairs and student counseling, accompanied the students.
|Dr. Mego Haralu, director for international education, gives a brief introduction about Campbellsville University to students from India. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
Students who visited were majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Pharmacology, Civil Engineering and Software Engineering.
“They were immensely impressed by the friendliness of our community, education facility, sense of Christian values and the timely and available services,” Dr. Mego Haralu, dean of international education at Campbellsville University, said.
“This is the first time our students have visited the United States and they have s enjoyed their visit at Campbellsville University,” Saini said. “CU has set a tone of hospitality and academics that sets a new standard for our students.”
|Students from India have Indian food in Winters Dining Hall at Campbellsville University. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
“The students had a good time visiting Green River Lake and swimming at Campbellsville University’s swimming pool,” Haralu said.
“It was fantastic. After visiting Campbellsville, I learned a lot of things about discipline, exploration and education,” Aditya Bagath Singh, a student from Hyderabad, India, said.
The students went on a road trip to Bowling Green, Ky. and visited the Corvette Assembly Plant and National Corvette Museum.
|Students from India visit the National Corvette Museum at Bowling Green, Ky. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
“It was thrilling for the mechanical engineering students,” Haralu said.
While coming back to campus, all the students dined at Taj Palace in Bowling Green, for some authentic Indian cuisine.
“All in all, the visit was a success,” Haralu said.
|Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for communication and assistant to the president, addresses the students from India. (Campbellsville University Photo by Joshua Williams)|
Dr. Donna Hedgepath, vice president for academic affairs and professor of education; Dr. Keith Spears, vice president for communication and assistant to the president; and Haralu met with Saini and Keer to confirm a collegial partnership for exchange students, scholars and curriculum starting in fall 2016.
Spears said a university delegation is planning to visit the Hyderabad GNI education center.
“We appreciate Dr. Eric Harter, CU business faculty member at Louisville Education Center along with Dr. Anil Palla, arranging this visit and Elaine Tan of the Center for International Education for coordinating the activities of the visit,” Spears said. “A recruiting group will be going to Hyderabad in October to interview students for January courses.”
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