Symposium in India is 4-day program that allows students to experience liberal arts-style seminars on humanities subjects. Led by faculty-trained students from Columbia University, the seminar-style classes will provide a cross-cultural learning experience by intertwining Western classics from Columbia’s Core Curriculum with Indian classical texts. In addition, during the sessions, students will have the opportunity to interact and bond with Ivy League students who will serve as their discussion leaders, while learning more about the experience of studying at universities abroad.

As a participant of Symposium in India, you will engage in thought-provoking discussions with classmates from different schools in Bangalore about canonical texts, both Indian as Western, such as The Odyssey and The Ramayana. You DO NOT have to be an English or Literature major to participate at all; Symposium in India is open to anyone who is interested in learning about critical thinking, analysis and discourse. As a participant, you are required to attend all 4 days of the event and will receive a certificate for completing the program.


Venue: The International School Bangalore

Dates: Jan 2nd to Jan 5th

Time: 11 AM to 3PM

Eligibility: Need to be in grade 9 or above

Application Deadline: December 25th, 2018



Epics: The Ramayana, The Odyssey

(More Information on the Syllabus will be out soon)


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Rupal Gupta

Rupal Gupta is a Economics and Computer Science major in Columbia College who lives in Jaipur, India and loves going to college in New York City. She likes to think of herself as an impatient optimist, and has an “actions speak louder than words” attitude towards all her endeavors. Apart from Symposium, she is currently involved in organising events for Columbia’s Organisation of Rising Entrepreneurs, facilitating research in Economics as a research assistant, mentoring freshmen through Columbia Mentorship Program, and learning about investment fund in Tamid Group. She also loves meeting people and lives for deep, meaningful conversations.

Manasi Sharma

Manasi Sharma is a Physics and Computer Science major in Columbia College who lives in Bangalore, India and grew up in the Bay Area, California. She has been passionate about Astrophysics since her childhood, and loves to motivate others about this exciting field. She is currently conducting research in the Astrophysics department at Columbia under Prof. Charles Hailey, on objects called polars. In her free time, Manasi can be found practicing for her dance team, Columbia Raas, organizing events for the Columbia Science Review and the Columbia Society for Women in Physics, or simply watching her favorite TV show Castle.


Manasi Sharma  Co-president

Manasi Sharma


Rupal Gupta  Co-president

Rupal Gupta


Rishi Chhapolia  Logistics Head

Rishi Chhapolia

Logistics Head

Shivali Verma  Marketing Head

Shivali Verma

Marketing Head

Krishi Korrapati  Academics Head

Krishi Korrapati

Academics Head

Antara Agarwal  Junior Advisor

Antara Agarwal

Junior Advisor

Ananya Jain  Senior Advisor

Ananya Jain

Senior Advisor

Rahul Kataria  Student Speaker

Rahul Kataria

Student Speaker

This year, Symposium in India will also be holding an additional 'College Insight and Information' session, where you will be free to talk to our Discussion Leaders about their experiences as a college student.

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A peek at Symposium in India 2016