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Innovative and Interactive

Our pioneering approach combines live zoom classes with special guests and on location filming

  • Live Instruction from India

    Our courses are all taught live via Zoom with recordings available afterwards. Each session features interactive activities and special guests.

  • Pre-Approved for Academic Credit

    We have worked with faculty at our partner institutions to ensure the curriculum meets the standards required for students to receive credit.

  • Perfect Prep for Future Travel

    Eligible students can benefit from NCP grants to cover a virtual tour and an in-country study tour once travel is possible.

Are you ready for the Indian Century?

  • Worlds Largest Country

    By 2023 the World Bank forecasts India will overtake China to be the most populous country on earth. India is one of the worlds youngest countries with an average age of 26 vs 38 in China.

  • Fastest Growing Economy

    Despite COVID the IMF forecasts India to grow faster than China in 2021 and each year for the foreseeable future. Per Capita Income is now where China was just before the Beijing Olympics.

  • Tech Takeover

    Many of the worlds leading tech companies are led by Indians including Google and Microsoft. Credit Suisse has identified over 100 startups based in India worth more than $1bn including Zomato and Ola and Oyo.

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Course Director

Instructor Bio:

Nick is Co-Founder of IndoGenius together with Meetu Soni. He is the Course Director of the DFAT supported “Reimagining India: Innovation in Practice” NCP consortium. IndoGenius have been delivering study tours in India since 2012 and have over 1600 alumni from more than 25 countries. Nick was the lead instructor for an acclaimed Coursera MOOC (4.7/5 star rated) developed for the U.S. Department of State and the Ohio State University. He has also delivered courses for New Zealand Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia, British Council, the Government of India and managed projects for clients in including the European Commission. Nick has been living and working in India since 2007 and is based in Delhi and Goa. He loves history, philosophy, cricket and above all nature.

Nick Booker

Co-Founder

Alumni Testimonials

1600 students taught face-to-face and over 10,000 online

“I am also still in awe of how much Nick knows not only about India, but the whole world, and I appreciate how lucky we are to have learnt from him!”

University of Adelaide

Sara Easson

“I'm a commerce student and Nick's knowledge of Indian culture has given incredible insights into the depth, diversity and history of India.”

Australian National University

Bertie Barker

“Nick's knowledge has shocked me, his passion and expertise is unmatched and listening to him speak about Indian culture just makes me smile. He is an amazing teacher and he is surrounded by a team of wonderful people.”

Queensland University of Technology

Murray Thorpe

Learning Outcomes

IndoGenius Virtual Study Tours have been designed to help students develop the following

  • Discover, assess and articulate the significance of India within the wider human story - past, present and future.

  • Recognise local and global challenges faced by India and how they align with, and impact, Australia.

  • Describe ways India solves problems through different approaches to innovation – from the global business delivery model to low-cost medical devices.

  • Apply analysis of Indian case studies to their degrees by learning directly from guest presenters at companies and social enterprises. Especially with regard to innovation in the 21st Century and the Indian connection to many careers.

  • Gain experience working in digital environments by applying varied techniques to locate and evaluate information from Indian sources; collaborating in virtual environments; and communicating through visual as well as written presentation.

Course curriculum

  • 01

    Welcome to Reimagining India!

    • Opening - Welcome to Reimagining India

    • Background to this Course

    • Our Zoom Do's and Don'ts

    • Respecting Other Perspectives

    • Our Experience - About IndoGenius

    • Introducing Reimagining India VST

    • Our In-Person Programmes

    • Personal Introduction - About Your Instructor

    • What is Required to Complete the Course

    • Assignment 1 - Our Trello Travel Challenge

    • India Factfulness Quiz!

    • Factufulness Challenge

    • Introducing Our Special Guest - Smita Netra

    • Education as an Entertainment Theme

    • Western vs Indian Depictions of Indian Offices

    • Netflix Top 10 in India

    • Final Words

    • Reimagining India Learning Outcomes and Assignments 2021

  • 02

    Why India? Why Now?

    • Session 2 Part 1

    • Session 2 Part 2

  • 03

    The Scale of India

    • Session Three Part 1

    • Session Three Part 2

  • 04

    Introduction to Yoga and India's Spiritual Traditions

    • A Personal Perspective on Yoga by Susie Roy

    • A Personal Perspective on the Evolution of India's Spiritual Traditions by Nick Booker

  • 05

    Different Ways of Experiencing Reality

    • Cyclical Perspective

    • Introduction to Vedic Rituals

    • Ways of Experiencing Reality

    • The Adivasi First Inhabitants of India

  • 06

    The Tallest Mountains in the World

    • The Tallest Mountains in the World

    • Our Mountain Quiz

    • Trekking in India

    • Visiting the Himalayas in India

    • Natural Wonders of India Tour

  • 07

    Dharavi - Visiting Asia's Largest Slum, in Mumbai

    • Opening

    • Welcome to Dharavi

    • Entering Dharavi

    • Shoe Shopping via Zoom

    • Street Scenes

    • Kumbhawada - The Potters Community

    • Public Health Initiatives Fumigation for Mosquitoes

    • Towards the Wedding

    • A The Residential Area

    • B Ending Up at a Wedding!

    • C Slum Rehabilitation Authority

    • The Market

    • A Small Temple in the Market

    • Farewell from Dharavi

  • 08

    Mumbai to Delhi: Incredible India Travel Challenge

    • Opening

    • Why are their slums in Mumbai?

    • Shantaram

    • Incredible India Tour

    • Discussion about the Incredible India Tour

    • Trello Travel Challenge Catch Up

    • A Birdseye View of Delhi

  • 09

    Not Just Diverse - India is Pluralistic

    • The Plurality of India

    • The First Urban Civilisation in India

    • Bonjour Auroville and Pondicherry

    • (Tibetan) Buddhism in India Today

    • Five Aspects of Indic Worldviews To Consider

    • The Hinduism You May Know

    • The Bahai Faith in India

    • A Spoonful of Sugar

    • A Glimpse of Islam in India

    • What is Hinduism?

    • What is Zoroastrianism?

    • What is Jainism?

    • What is Buddhism?

    • What is Islam?

    • What is Sikhism?

    • What Do We Mean By Plurality

  • 10

    The British (and other Europeans) in India

    • Trevor Noah on Colonialism in India

    • The First Multinational Corporations

    • In Many Respects India Was Ahead of Europe

  • 11

    Digital India - From Outsourcing to Unicorn Startups

    • Digital Revolution

    • Special Guest Shreyas

    • Fireside Chat with Tech Founder Shreyas Srinivasan

    • Young Founders

    • Female Founders

    • Gender Inequality

    • Final Assignment Review

  • 12

    Two Super Trends of the 21st Century plus Special Guest

    • Welcome Back

    • Two Super Trends of the 21st Century

    • Welcome Back

    • Lets Meet Our Special Guest Abhinav Chetan

    • Humans and Fire

    • Homa Vedic Hindu Fire Ceremony

    • Myths and Benefits

    • Q&A with Abhinav

    • Fire and Australia

    • Final Thoughts

  • 13

    India's Future(s) and Yours

    • Six Kinds of Innovation India Excels in

    • India's Mars Mission

    • How to improve educational outcomes?

    • Akshaya Patra

    • Solutions for the World

    • The Bharucha Ventilator Case Study

    • Special Guest Dr Pooja Mukul (Jaipur Foot)

    • Q&A with Dr Pooja Mukul

    • India in the 21st Century World Economy

    • Conclusion

    • Final Thoughts

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Ten years teaching experience

We have developed online and offline courses about India completed by thousands of students around the world

The Value of Virtual

COVID has forced us to innovate but fortunately we have had years of experience teaching online as well as face-to-face.

  • This course has been designed to help bridge the gap created by current travel restrictions and to help internationalise student experience by widening awareness of India.

  • The Reimagining India Virtual Study Tour enables students to learn about the relevance of India to their future careers using culturally contextualized case studies from startups, corporates and social enterprises.

  • Delivered in an engaging and interactive format live from India the course will actually take students to places that otherwise would not be possible even during a traditional study tour.

  • Students will have the option to use the course as a launchpad for further engagement with India including study tours, study abroad and internships once in-person opportunities return.

VST Course Fees

Credit Available for UG and PG Students

We have 100% fully funded scholarships available for eligible students. Many of these are available from either Government agencies or our partner institutions. Our standard fees per course range between USD$1250-$2400.

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