U.S. and India: partnership of the future

mall_img2The stage is set for India to play a significant role in global business, politics and culture, says communication professor Ananda Mitra, and eleven Wake Forest students are  there this summer for a month-long stay to learn more about this pivotal country. Mitra, along with his wife Swati Basu, is leading the trip as part of his summer class, “Communication, Culture and Sustainability.”

Mitra, who also conducts research in the outsourcing of American jobs to India, says the trend to move work to that country will continue, though the transfer of work may be less noticeable. “You might turn in your tax records to a tax preparation company in the U.S., but they will be processed in India,” he says. In addition to sending work to India, Indians are coming to live and work in the U.S. Some are especially skilled in software development and technology and spend time in American companies training workers.

“Whether this is a good thing or a bad thing doesn’t matter. It’s a thing that’s happening, and students must be prepared,” he says.

Mitra and the students will return from India in early August and will be available for media interviews. Photos provided. Follow the group on Facebook.

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