Dr. P.V. Viswanath
|Courses / FIN 680A/INB 670C /FIN 360A|
FIN 680A/INB 670C/ FIN 360A/ECO 395:
|Office||W416, Pace New York|
|Office hours:||Wednesdays, 12 noon to 2:30 pm and Thursdays, 10:45 to 1:15 pm and by appointment
Note: I am in my office in New York most of the week; let me know if you want to see me at other times.
The primary objective of this course is to provide the student with an introduction to the Indian economy, with a focus on infrastructure and development.
As India moves forward, there are many challenges that face her. Although the IT sector has been successful in the global marketplace, employment opportunities in the IT sector are very limited and restricted to white collar jobs. India needs to develop her manufacturing capacities as well, if she is to provide employment opportunities for all classes of people, particularly those leaving the rapidly declining agricultural sector.
Key in all this, are the institutions that India is developing to promote the kind of growth that is envisaged -- the legal system, the financial trading exchanges, the central bank (RBI) and the political system. Such institutional infrastructure must accompany growth in physical infrastructure to accomplish the desired goals.
In our trip to India, we will visit firms in several industries, financial institutions, cultural and historical sites, and business schools. This year, we will be visiting Mumbai and the smaller towns of Pune and Nashik.
Required Text: There are no required texts; reading materials will be provided on Blackboard in the Documents section.
You should obtain a Pace e-mail address as soon as possible, so that I can send you e-mail. Any student's Pace e-mail address can be obtained by going to the Contact Pace section of the main Pace Home Page (the default password is the studentís Pace Identification Number). More information about e-mail address, etc. can be obtained from the DoIT website. Even if you have another e-mail address where you wish to get your e-mail, you should still get a Pace e-mail address. Once you have your Pace e-mail account and password, you can go to the Pace University Student E-Mail Server at http://stmail.pace.edu and have your e-mail forwarded to your preferred e-mail address. You can find information on how to have your mail automatically forwarded at http://www.pace.edu/DoIT/forward/. The only way that I can communicate with you is through your Pace e-mail account. Hence, it behooves you to get your Pace account information as soon as possible.
Check your e-mail and the FIN 680D/INC 670C/ FIN 360A/MAR 680V/MAR 356E website on a regular basis. This will enable you to get the maximum from the course. I am available for consultation by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my e-mail practically every day, and, in most cases, you should get a speedy response to any questions.
We will also be using Blackboard as a gateway for some aspects of the course. Please log in to Blackboard at the earliest opportunity. Blackboard login procedures can be found on the appropriate Blackboard site. Essentially, your login ID for Blackboard will be your email ID, and your password will be your 9-digit social security number (for more details, go to the Blackboard site).
There will be three kinds of course activities:
Participation in all three aspects of the course is required.
Any student taking this course is presumed to agree to abide by the school policy on academic integrity, as described on page L-52 of the Graduate Catalog 2006-2007. Please obtain a copy of the catalog and familiarize yourself with the policy.
School policy regarding disabilities is described on page L-56 of the Graduate Catalog. You can contact the disabilities coordinator at 212-346-1526. Information can also be found on the University webpage.
There will be a single exam (only for undergraduates) at the end of the
term, based partly on a pre-assigned question list.
Readings will be assigned every week. Online discussion will take place using the Discussion Board on Blackboard. New topics will be assigned every week. In general, discussion on a given topic for a particular week will end on the Saturday of that week, unless specified otherwise.
Information about in-class meetings are available on the Course Outline page.
In addition to attendance, there will one written assignment for undergraduate students and two for graduate students.
For graduate students, MBA 632 (Minimum Grade
For undergraduate students, FIN 260
Your final grade will be determined as follows:
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
Note that the minimum and maximum quantitative scores for plus and minus refinements to the letter grades will be at my discretion. These will be partly determined by the distribution of student scores within each letter grade category. I place a high value on effort; at my discretion, I will raise your grade one notch if I feel that you have tried hard to satisfy all the requirements of the course.