CASI Student Programs Blog

Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) at the University of Pennsylvania has supported nearly 200 students! Welcome to the home base for CASI students and alumni to share their thoughts, reflections, and ongoing learnings about their internships, research projects, and travels in India and beyond.

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As our time in Madurai came to an end, I felt the intense urge to slow down time. Even when walking or eating a meal, I tried to take a breath and appreciate the wonder of my new routine. Slowly and then all at once, my brief time in India became the most transformative and […]

As my almost 3 months in India come to an end, I thought about making a compilation of new things/concepts (to me at least) that I came across in India! Sustainability Features Across the different regions of India I encountered, I was pleasantly surprised by different systems in place that promoted sustainability. This included toilets […]

In addition to the beautiful culture and work ethic of India, one thing I have come to appreciate greatly is Indian efficiency. I’ve noticed that efficiency in India comes in many forms: whether that be sustainability to protect the environment, efficiency in the workplace, or efficiency in communication. Throughout my trip abroad, it’s been incredibly […]

The week before my birthday, I enjoyed cake almost daily through a series of fortunate events. First, a group celebrating a girl’s second birthday at Madurai Eco Park offered me two slices of chocolate cake after I walked by. The following evening, we went to Haran’s house (and ate chocolate cake) to celebrate the conclusion […]

When I found out I was selected by CASI for this internship at Aravind, my mind was immediately filled with questions: What would life be like there? Would I be able to fit in? How could I, just a first-year in college actually make a difference in this massive, world-renowned institution? Based on quick searches […]

EXPLORING Outside of work travels, Gurgaon itself has had a lot to offer. In our neighborhood itself, we initially made it a routine to take advantage of the “cooler” morning weather (usually 90°F/32°C) and head to the Joggers park around 7:45/8:00 A.M. In addition to making rounds around the park we also tried out the […]