India

Population: 1.2 billion people (2010)
Total area: 1.269 million sq. miles (3.287 million sq. km)
Capital city: New Delhi
Largest cities (by population, from most to fewest people): Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Jaipur
Currency: Indian rupee
UNDP Human Development Index (HDI): 0.519 (2010, 119th in the world; 62% increase from 1980 value of 0.32)
GDP per capita (International $, PPP): $3,270 (2009)
Life expectancy at birth: 63.7 years

*Figures from CIA World Factbook.

“If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India.” Romain Rollan, Life of Ramakrishna (1929).

Some Quick Facts!

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Population: 1.2 billion people (2010)
Total area: 1.269 million sq. miles (3.287 million sq. km)
Capital city: New Delhi
Largest cities (by population, from most to fewest people): Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Jaipur
Currency: Indian rupee
UNDP Human Development Index (HDI): 0.519 (2010, 119th in the world; 62% increase from 1980 value of 0.32)
GDP per capita (International $, PPP): $3,270 (2009)
Life expectancy at birth: 63.7 years

*Figures from CIA World Factbook.

Lonely Planet has a good summary and list of articles that participants will find useful.

Always check SmartTraveller before traveling to see any travel warnings and pertinent information for your trip.

Some Quick Facts!

map-india-languages

Population: 1.2 billion people (2010)
Total area: 1.269 million sq. miles (3.287 million sq. km)
Capital city: New Delhi
Largest cities (by population, from most to fewest people): Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Pune, Surat, Kanpur, Jaipur
Currency: Indian rupee
UNDP Human Development Index (HDI): 0.519 (2010, 119th in the world; 62% increase from 1980 value of 0.32)
GDP per capita (International $, PPP): $3,270 (2009)
Life expectancy at birth: 63.7 years

*Figures from CIA World Factbook.

Lonely Planet has a good summary and list of articles that participants will find useful.

Always check SmartTraveller before traveling to see any travel warnings and pertinent information for your trip.

Books, articles, videos

A range of material assembled by university students as part of the co-creating curriculum project.

Student Materials:

This is an article by a Macquarie University PACE Student on her experience living and working in India. 

This film was made by a PACE360 student, Kristofer Gilmour, while on placement in New Delhi in July, 2015. Culture shock is an inevitable part of travelling and place-changing.  This film aims to provide a guide and inspiration for potential intrepid explorers. 

Reshma Elsa wrote this reflective piece while in New Delhi working with a partner organisation, Restless Development during the Summer of 2015/16. 

This is a model for understanding the present and gaining insight into the future, by reflecting on moments of the past. Deen Rad use this activity to reflect on his placement experience in New Delhi, July 2015.

This magnificent poem of reflection shows conflict and compassion and understanding and vulnerability. It represents to us the power of creative expression to help process new spaces and places on our world view and self-growth.  Inherently experiences that challenge our understandings and perspectives are developmental and reflection, in any form is a useful tool to achieve this.  

Further Reading:

The White Tiger, won the Man Booker prize this week. But its unflattering portrait of India as a society racked by corruption and servitude has caused a storm in his homeland.

SBS News. (2015) ‘India woman’s #HappyToBleed campaign challenges social taboo’. Published 24 November.