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US students keen to learn about Indian economy

A group of American students visiting Delhi on Tuesday said they were excited about the growing Indian economy and the opportunities that India provided.

delhi Updated: Mar 09, 2010 23:31 IST
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A group of American students visiting Delhi on Tuesday said they were excited about the growing Indian economy and the opportunities that India provided.

A delegation from the University of Texas, Austin in US, comprising 35 students and teachers, also visited Member of Parliament Vijay Darda on Tuesday as part of their itinerary to meet Indian leaders in politics and business.

“India is going to be one of the biggest economies in the years to come and there are opportunities here that we may not find in the US. We want to understand the political and business culture of the country,” said Leslie Phillips, a second year student of the McCOMES School of Management.

In an attempt to understand government policies and business decisions to help the economy grow, the delegation interacted with Darda on various issues including challenges and opportunities in the Indian economy, poverty, agriculture and female literacy.

Darda touched upon economic reforms post 1991 and said the growing gap between the haves and the have-nots was India’s biggest challenge.

“The health infrastructure and energy needs of the country have not been able to keep up with the reform process. However, the good part is that the political process has supported the reform process,” Darda said.

To a question by second year student and leader of the group Siddharta Narayan on eradicating poverty, Darda said reforms undertaken by the current government would take time to show results.