The Assam Scholarship Fund

The Assam Scholarship Fund has been established at the College of Business Administration, Sam Houston State University. The scholarship will be given to an undergraduate business student every semester, who meets the following criteria:

A recipient must (1) be a full-time junior or senior student in good standing enrolled at Sam Houston State University, majoring in economics or international business; (2) have received the highest grade in the Monetary Economics course in the previous semester; and (3) maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.

The scholarship is named after Assam with the intention of increasing name recognition for Assam among Sam Houston State students who may become interested in or may generate interest among others in that part of emerging India from a global business perspective. Although most people recognize some places in India, few have heard of Assam.

Assam is a state of India in the northeast region of the country with its capital at Dispur, a suburb of the city Guwahati. Located south of the eastern Himalayas , Assam comprises the Brahmaputra and the Barak river valleys and the Karbi Anglong and the North Cachar Hills. With an area of 78,438 square kilometres (30,285 sq mi) Assam currently is almost equivalent to the size of Ireland or Austria. These states are connected to the rest of India via a narrow strip in West Bengal referred to as the "Chicken's Neck". Assam shares international borders with Bhutan and Bangladesh. Assam became a part of India after the British occupied the region following the Treaty of Yandaboo of 1826. Assam is known for Assam tea, petroleum resources, Assam silk, and for its rich biodiversity. It has successfully conserved the one-horned Indian rhinoceros from near extinction, tiger, numerous species of birds and provides one of the last wild habitats for the Asian elephant. It is increasingly becoming a popular destination for wild-life tourism and notably Kaziranga and Manas are both World Heritage Sites. A land of high rainfall, Assam is endowed with lush greenery, the mighty river Brahmaputra and its many tributaries.

Name recognition itself gives comparative advantage to a place/region when it tries to become a part of the global economy by inviting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and trade. One of the reasons (there are other important reasons, of course!) why the state government of Assam has repeatedly failed to attract any investment from abroad is that Assam is largely unknown not only as an investment destination but also in general. 

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For more information contact: Hiranya K Nath [eco_hkn at shsu dot edu]